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Responding To K2 With Facts Instead Of Fear

Julie Netherland | Posted 07.15.2016 | Politics
Julie Netherland

On Wednesday, New Yorkers awoke to news in the New York Times and New York Post that dozens of people in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn had severe reactions to a batch of K2, a commonly used name for synthetic cannabinoid products.

These Lousy Drugs Are Going to End The Drug War

The Influence | Posted 03.07.2016 | Politics
The Influence

It's a rare day when the prohibitionist establishment and die-hard drug policy reformers are in agreement -- but that happens to be the case more often than not when it comes to what the U.S. insists on calling "synthetic drugs."

Setting the Record Straight on 'Synthetic Drugs' -- and What We Should Do About Them

Patrick Heintz | Posted 11.05.2016 | Politics
Patrick Heintz

While alarmist media stories have focused on their reported dangers, what often goes unaddressed is that our existing pattern of banning drugs drives the creation of these new substances.

The Danger of Drug Scares: Why It's Time to Turn Down the K2 Hysteria

Julie Netherland | Posted 09.09.2016 | New York
Julie Netherland

The K2 drug scare has become inextricably linked to the East Harlem's homelessness problem, particularly to the corner of 125th and Lexington, which has long had a significant population of homeless people and is also the site of increasing gentrification.

NYPD Stop Lying! Here's How to Handle 'Synthetic Marijuana'

Stefanie Jones | Posted 08.10.2016 | Crime
Stefanie Jones

The NYPD has been drumming up attention over the supposed dangers of "synthetic marijuana" -- a class of cannabinoid chemicals typically sprayed over plant matter and packaged with names like "K2," "Spice" and "Green Giant." Last week, NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton used highly emotional language, calling it "weaponized marijuana" and saying it makes people "totally crazy."

67 Years of Independence: Pakistan's Past and Present

Mariam Khan | Posted 10.15.2014 | Impact
Mariam Khan

Despite the perpetual obstacles that Pakistan encounters, the citizens of the nation find a way to stand back up. Only if tolerance is practiced by the public, and education becomes common, will the public be able to make Pakistan prosper and make it rank amongst the list of successful states of the world.

How A Fallen Mountain Climber's Legacy Will Live On Through His Artwork

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 08.04.2014 | Healthy Living

On July 27, 2013, the world lost one of it's most renowned mountaineers, New Zealander Marty Schmidt, as well as his 25-year-old son Denali, in an ava...

Fake Pot Popular Among Teens May Cause Stroke

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living

A synthetic marijuana popular among teens may cause strokes, a University of Southern Florida study found. USF Neurologists published news of the p...

Horrifying New Drugs! Does New Zealand's New Synthetic Drug Law Offer a Safer Way Forward?

Eric E. Sterling | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Eric E. Sterling

As a tool to protect the public from the risks of drugs not being used for medical purposes, the prohibition model has not worked well -- for old drugs or new ones. However, the nation of New Zealand is now trying a different approach.

Interview: Getting to the Bottom of The Summit

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.04.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Even as he started talking to people for his documentary, The Summit, filmmaker Nick Ryan had his own skeptical view of mountain climbers and the risks they take.

ReThink Review: The Summit - A Lethal Mountain's Deadliest Day

Jonathan Kim | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Of the 300 climbers who made it to the top of K2, one quarter of them died on the way down -- and that's not counting the ones who died on the way up.

Mother Sues Over Teen's Death From Synthetic Marijuana

The Huffington Post | Andrea Rael | Posted 09.23.2013 | Crime

Nicholas Colbert was only 19 years old when he died in his home in 2011, after smoking a synthetic marijuana substance called "Mr. Smiley." Now Col...

Andrea Rael

What Is 'Synthetic Marijuana'? | Andrea Rael | Posted 09.11.2013 | Politics

Much like Frankenstein's monster, synthetic marijuana was created in a lab and resulted in a perversion of its original subject: the effects of THC, t...

3 Deaths May Be Tied To Synthetic Marijuana

The Huffington Post | Andrea Rael | Posted 09.06.2013 | Politics

Three deaths in Colorado are being investigated for possible ties to synthetic marijuana that also sent about 75 people to hospitals in the area begin...

Experts: State's Drug Ban A Success

Sun Sentinel | Susannah Bryan | Posted 10.05.2013 | Miami

Alarmed by reports of kids and adults getting sick on synthetic drugs, South Florida declared war on the manmade weed and psychoactive bath salts bein...

Reefer Madness 2013: Synthetic Marijuana Will Turn You Into a Zombie

Sharda Sekaran | Posted 07.13.2013 | DC
Sharda Sekaran

Decades of exaggerated claims and egg frying commercials have taught us that wild and fictitious notions about drugs do very little to generate confidence, trust and safety among young people.

Legal Drug Sent Teen Drooling, Incoherent To The Hospital

Posted 05.12.2013 | Los Angeles

More and more Southern Californians are turning to a dangerous new drug, and parents are livid that it remains legal even as it sends teens to the hos...

LISTEN: Teen Calls 911 - TWICE - Over Bad Dream

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 09.05.2012 | Weird News

Apparently, synthetic marijuana can make your dreams a reality. But for Florida teen Mark Welch, that reality was jail. Welch, 18, called 911 tw...

ANOTHER ZOMBIE ATTACK? Man Accused Of Eating Dog On Drug-Fueled Rampage

Posted 06.26.2012 | Weird News

A man high on synthetic marijuana killed and ate a 30- to 40-pound dog, according to police. Michael Daniel of Waco, Texas, was charged on Monday f...

K2, Spice, Bath Salts Will Be Banned In Michigan

Posted 06.19.2012 | Detroit

UPDATE: 5:15 p.m. -- Gov. Rick Snyder signed the package of bills banning the sale of synthetic marijuana on Tuesday afternoon. “K2, Spice and ...

British Comic Caught In Major Tax Avoidance Scam

Posted 06.19.2012 | Comedy

Comedian Jimmy Carr is among around 1,100 wealthy British citizens who have been found to use a tax avoidance scheme called K2 that allows them to onl...

Detroit Bans Sale Of K2

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 06.06.2012 | Detroit

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing followed the lead of local officials in nearby cities and banned the sale of K2, Spice, other forms of synthetic marijuana, an...

Macomb County Can't Wait For State To Criminalize Spice, K2

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 06.05.2012 | Detroit

After a string of high-profile crimes and tragedies involving synthetic marijuana, Michigan citizens and local government officials aren't waiting for...

Synthetic Marijuana Banned In New York State

Posted 03.29.2012 | New York

The sale of synthetic marijuana has been banned in New York following a warning issued by the state's health department. The "legal pot" products ...

Synthetic Marijuana: A New Clear and Present Danger

Gregory Bunt, M.D. | Posted 04.23.2012 | Healthy Living
Gregory Bunt, M.D.

What can be done to reduce synthetic drug abuse, of K2 and many other dangerous drugs, is not simply legislation or enforcement. It is education, public awareness and early intervention.