naturescaregivers Posted May 27, 2010 Report Share Posted May 27, 2010 Fox News story in Southbend It can cause hallucinations, rapid heart beat and panic attacks. And it's completely legal. Police say kids are smoking an herbal incense blend called K-2, Mr. Smiley, and a handful of other street names. Because the incense is completely legal, there's really nothing police can do except spread the word about its harmful side effects. And what's worse, anyone can buy the herbal blend at a handful of gas stations and convenience stores throughout Michiana. "Parents still have the authority over their kids," said Elkhart Police Lt. Ed Windbigler. And ultimately, Lt. Windbigler says it's up to parents to stop the latest trend in drug abuse. Kids are smoking incense nicknamed Mr. Smiley, K-2, Black Mamba and a slew of other terms. "It's a synthetic marijuana," said Windbigler. It's so easy to buy, all you need is $10 and you can walk out with this small bottle of Mr. Smiley. "Any 15-year-old kid could walk to the convenient store and pick this up," said Windbigler. And you can buy it in the comfort of your own home. It's just a mouse click away on the Internet. "It's amazing they can sell something on the open market that is so dangerous and has the potential to kill," said Grandparent David Wickstrom. Grandparent David Wickstrom says he's heard of the drug, but didn't know it's spreading around Michiana. He says a talk with his kids and grand kids is necessary so this drug doesn't hurt his family. "One time could be the time that it's too much," said Wickstrom. That's why Windbigler says parents should know the signs of use. "If they're bringing things home like lip balm containers, if they're smelling a different smell, they need to talk to their kids so they're not ingesting it or smoking it," said Windbigler. Windbigler says it's new to adults but it's likely that more than half school age kids already know about the drug. So now he says local police departments are banning together in hopes of empowering parents. "If we can stop one kid from smoking this stuff then I think we're headed down the right path," said Windbigler. Windbigler says he hopes Indiana joins a handful of states that have banned the drug. Illinois, Kentucky, and Missouri are just three near Michiana where it's illegal to buy or consume this K-2, Mr. Smiley product. While it's legal to buy the incense and inhale it, you can still be charged with a crime if you drive a car after smoking the herbs. Windbigler says you can still be charged with driving while intoxicated. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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