Elizabethtown Elizabethtown-Lewis junior Sarah Sandberg knows all too well the dangers of synthetic marijuana, because she has lived through what she called, “the scariest experience ever.”
Sandberg spoke to the Bringing Essex County Strengths Together (BEST) committee at the Board of Supervisors Chambers Feb. 1, and said that she got involved with the Prevention Team and counselor Dave Wyant because she experienced the affects of the drug, also known as K-2, while at a friends house earlier in the school year.
“I have had an experience with this drug and it’s not okay, and that is what brought me here,” Sandberg told the members of the committee and those assembled at the meeting to discuss the need to regulate the drug.
Sandberg said that she had never heard of synthetic marijuana like K-2 before some of the people she knew at school started talking about it, and said that she gave into the peer pressure.
“All my friends were doing it, so I thought, why not try,” she said, which she did at another’s house.
“The last thing that I remember from that day was that I took my first hit, and the next thing I knew I was waking up in the Emergency Room.”
Sandberg had suffered a seizure after taking that first hit, and said that she was transported to the hospital by her boyfriend.
“If he was not there and I had not brought my car, I don’t know what would have happened,” she said. “The others there were concerned that they did not want the police to come.”
She said that, at first, she was embarrassed that she had tried the synthetic drug, which can be purchased legally at some convenience stores and truck stops.
“I like being myself and not having something or someone else that makes me do things, so I was embarrassed that I had done it because it was what my friends were doing,” Sandberg said. “Then I talked to my mom about it, and she was very supportive. After that I talked about it with my friends and then with Mr. Wyant.”