An Iowa woman who was arrested last week admitted to smoking synthetic marijuana in a car while her teen daughters were present. She said she gave K2 to the older girl, who is 16, police said.
Della Summers, 37, was found in a parked car after witnesses called police May 7. WQAD reports that the woman and her two children, 16 and 14, were discovered unconscious in the automobile with the windows up and the doors closed.
Summers told police that she smoked K2, a brand of synthetic marijuana, with her older daughter. Davenport police said they found a pipe with K2 residue in the car, and that the woman admitted to purchasing and allowing her teen to use the substance.
K2, which is made to mimic the effects of marijuana, is difficult to control since manufacturers constantly change its ingredients. Experts say that's part of what makes it so dangerous.
"You're taking products and you don't know what's in it. It's actually labeled 'not for human consumption,' and that's how they're able to sell it in head shops," Joseph Cowley, CEO of the Center for Alcohol and Drug Services in Davenport, told WQAD.
Synthetic marijuana is also marketed under names like Spice and Black Mamba. A batch of K2 originating from a dealer in Dallas is thought to be linked to more than 120 overdoses in Texas that occurred in a five-day-period earlier this month.
Summers was charged with felony child endangerment, felony possession with intent to deliver and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, jail records show.