Teens Who Try K2 May be Using the Drug Regularly


Three percent of high school seniors say they use the synthetic drug known as “K2” or “Spice,” a new study finds.

Almost half of the teens who report K2 use say they have used it more than three times in the past month, UPI reports.

K2 or Spice are also known as synthetic cannabinoids (SCs). “This finding is important because it implies that half of current users are using SCs more than once or twice, which may suggest more than just mere experimentation,” lead researcher Joseph Palamar of NYU Langone Medical Center said in a news release. “In fact, 20 percent of current users reported use on 20 to 30 days in the past month, suggesting daily or almost-daily use.”

The study, published in Pediatrics, found eight out of 10 teens who reported current K2 use also said they use marijuana. Synthetic cannabinoids have been found to have a potency ranging from two to 100 times stronger than marijuana, the researchers said.

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