Synthetic marijuana: Cause for concern in Berks

READING, Pa. - Local officials are sounding the alarm about a dangerous drug sweeping through Berks County. Synthetic marijuana, also known as K2, is laced with several chemicals and is behind dozens of overdoses over the last few weeks. "It is poison and that is what we need to express. It is dangerous. It is poison," said Berks County District Attorney John Adams. Quick Clicks More people hospitalized by bad batch of synthetic marijuana D.A. issues warning about synthetic marijuana Synthetic drugs worth thousands seized from stores in 3 counties Adams was just one of the panelists gathered at Reading Area Community College on Thursday to discuss the growing dangers of K2. Adams said he considers K2 even more dangerous than marijuana. "It is very dangerous, very dangerous. When someone smokes K2, they have no idea what they are smoking because the way the K2 is manufactured, it is sprayed with chemicals of which no one knows which type of chemicals you will get from one batch to another," said Adams. The Northeast Community Springboard Coalition partnered with Project Peace to host the event and get that message across to the public. Kusilishca Yepez helped organize the event and said she knows first hand the toll the drug can take on a family since her older half brother would often use it. "It just made me sad. It is like, 'Hey, I am your younger sister. You should want to be a good influence on me instead of smoking something. Like, change your life for the better,'" said Kusilishca Yepez, president of Project Peace. Authorities said hallucinations, seizures and violent behavior are several of the side-effects of synthetic drugs. There has been a dramatic spike in emergency room visits at Reading Hospital from people overdosing and they want to warn you and your children that the drug is potent. Copyright 2014 WFMZ. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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