Substance Abuse

Information About K2/Spice and Bath Salts

Tip Line to Report establishments that sell in Michigan 1-855-MICH-TIP (855-642-4847)

"K2" and "Spice"
are street names for synthetic marijuana. These products have other trade names such as "Blaze," "Bliss," "Black Mamba," "Genie," or even names of the chemicals that are sprayed on a mixture of herbs or plants and they mimic the effects of THC. As of March 1, 2012 the DEA is recommending five of these synthetic cannabinoids (JWH-018, JWH-200, JWH-073, CP-47,497) be placed on the list as Schedule 1 drugs (drugs that have no medical purpose).

These chemicals have not been approved by the FDA for human consumption but manufacturers and retailers are exploiting loopholes in the law and selling them as incense or altering the chemical composition slightly and repackaging them for sale.
Chemical Highs (synthetic drugs) YouTube 2 min. video Insiders Health News

BATH SALTS are used as a recreational designer drug and contain a stimulant compound such as 3,4-methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) or 4-methylmethcathinone (mephedrone). These products have names like "White Rush," "Cloud Nine," "Ivory Wave," "Ocean Snow," "White Lightning," "Red Dove," and "Sextasy." Although they are labeled "not intended for human consumption" they are getting into the hands of young people over the past decade who are ingesting them and having alarming reactions. Long term effects are unknown.

Watch this U.S. Navy 6 min. Youtube video It's not a fad...It's a nightmare

Did you know...

*K2 or Spice is a mixture of herbs and shredded plants sprayed with synthetic marijuana?
*Synthetic marijuana has a strong clove smell?
*K2 is typically smoked?
*K2 can create symptoms such as: increased agitation, seizures, vomiting, profuse sweating, spastic body movements, elevated blood pressure, increased heart rate, and palpitations?
*K2 users can experience paranoia similar to PCP, delusions, hallucinations and dysphoria?
*Bath salts are manmade stimulants related to amphetamines (speed)?
*Bath salts are generally consumed orally or nasally?
*Bath salts can create severe paranoia?
*Bath salts long term effects are unknown?
*Bath salts create symptoms such as: suicidal thoughts, agitation, violence, confusion, and hallucinations?
*Bath salts can cause death?

Talking Points compliments of Chippewa Valley Coalition for Youth and Families

Help Macomb K2 KOPS - REPORT RETAILERS who Sell K2

Designer Drugs Update PPT by Ken Stecker, Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor (June 2012)

Physiological Effects of K2 by Michele Glinn Ph.D.

US Legislation Banning Synthetic Drugs

*Information provided by:
The Partnership at
DEA - Drug Fact Sheet
Federal Registry March 1, 2012
Join Together- National Rx Durg Abuse Summit April 10-12, 2012
MDCH - Bureau of Substance Abuse and Addiction Services

Additional References
MDCH Fact Sheet
MDCH Health Care Provider Fact Sheet

DEA Justice K2 Fact Sheet

Michigan Dept of Community Health Bureau of Substance Abuse and Addiction Services
CDC - Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - Bath Salts
American Association of Poison Control Centers

Update on laws from Mich Prosecutor Office