Elizabethtown A grass-roots effort to try and curb the sale of synthetic marijuanas like K-2 and Spice are having an effect in the North Country.
Members of a group trying to eliminate the products from local shelves said that education has been a major factor in tackling the problem.
“When they hear about the bad news that is associated with K-2 and synthetic marijuana, they pull it off the shelves,” said Mac MacDevitt, Community Prevention Coordinator with the Prevention Team. “We want to work with our community partners to reduce the availability of it as well as make parents aware of the danger of this substance, as well as support the youth who have taken the lead in fighting for this cause, and I am really surprised that a student-led movement has moved this fast.”
“I have talked to several store owners, and they said that having learned more about K-2, they decide that it is a project that they do not wish to carry,” Arin Burdo, director of the Elizabethtown Social Center, said. ‘We had a informational night at the Social Center Feb. 11, and the primary goal is to inform the parents about this. They need to be active as well in trying to get this off the shelf. Parents need by get information and become more informed because this is a real threat in the community.”
Karen Crowningshield, Assistant Nurse Manager at Elizabethtown Community Hospital, said that the need for education of synthetic marijuana is critical.
“The first I heard anything about this was watching television and hearing about ‘bath salts,’ last year,” Crowningshield said. “I have been talking with people about this, and they have no clue what it is all about. It;s just not that known here as it is in other places, because I have talked with a family from New Jersey who live in a community where they have had two K-2 related deaths recently.”