High School Students Hospitalized on Synthetic Marijuana
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Papillion, NE-Two 16 year-old boys are recovering after being hospitalized on synthetic drug Crazy Clown or synthetic marijuana Thursday.
Annette Eyman, spokesperson for the Papillion-La Vista School District, said the 16-year-old boys were taken to the hospital Thursday night. One of the boys was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, but has since been improving. The other boy was treated and released.
The synthetic marijuana has various names, such as K2, K4 and the street name of Crazy Clown.
Friday, Papillion/LaVista School District sent out an email to Junior and High School families. It said in part,
"This drug has become increasingly popular among area teens. This is a very dangerous drug that has caused numerous young people throughout the country to be sent to the hospital in life-threatening conditions. As a school community, we are encouraging you to please speak with your children about the danger of this drug and its use. Parents are advised to pay close attention to any changes or concerning behaviors in their children."
Law enforcement said the drug, which can be purchased online, can be deadly. In Georgia, eight people got sick after using a substance believed to be Crazy Clown. This week in Denver, 3 people died and 75 were hospitalized, all believed to be linked to K2. Those who take it can experience a rapid heartbeat and temporary paralysis.
Denver parent Samuel Alvarado says his 26-year-old son, Samuel Jr., was rushed to Denver Health Medical Center Friday morning after he began suffering hallucinations.
"All of a sudden, he was acting like he was playing football with somebody," the father said. "All of a sudden, he was acting like he was walking a dog."
"It is scary. It's really scary," the father said. "I thought I was going to lose him. I thought he was going to die on us."
Papillion police are not commenting on the incident, saying it is still under investigation. La Vista police had three calls on the drug in the past month.
Nebraska has banned the sale of synthetic marijuana and bath salts.