Paragould police: overdoses related to K2 on the rise

Altered K2 Drug Use on the Rise in Region Eight
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - Paragould police say reports of homemade K2 are on the rise.

"It's just a completely different product than what we were running into say a year or two years ago," Lt. Scott Snyder said.

Lt. Snyder said what was once marketed as a "synthetic cannabinoid" is now being concocted in people's homes.

"Variants and versions have just taken it far away from being a cannabis-type product," Lt. Snyder said.

He explained that people buy the components online and make it at home.

"There's a lot more volatility with the persons actually using it, the hallucinations are usually just incredulous," Lt. Snyder said.

Lt. Snyder said there are even rumors that roach spray is being used in the product.

"There are rumors that some of the chemical composition is roach spray on some of the product we've recovered," Lt. Snyder said. "That's not confirmed at this point. That's still pending with the state crime lab."

Lt. Snyder said in the last 10 days in Paragould, they've had four or five overdoses in town.

"That we're aware of," Lt. Snyder said. "There may be additional that we haven't even found out about as of yet."

Though the drug has been around for years, the recent increase in cases and overdoses has Region 8 residents like Patrick Hulett worried.

"It also concerns me that that may be the next big epidemic, y'know, it used to be the meth epidemic," Hulett said.

Hulett, who has a 13-year-old stepson, said he's concerned with children getting their hands on the drug.

"A lot of kids his age these days are a lot smarter than we were when we were younger and I've also kind of put the fear into him," Hulett said. "He understands the consequences."

Lt. Snyder said thankfully, he's not seen a lot of teenage use of K2 in recent years.

"Most of them have gathered that this is not an alternative," Lt. Snyder said. "Usually most of the folks involved with it are hardcore drug users."

Lt. Snyder said if you suspect someone is using K2, call the Street Crimes Unit directly and anonymously at (870) 239-7559.

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