The synthetic cannabis product K2 was associated with 13% of
admissions to an inpatient psychiatric ward in Dunedin,
including one patient with homicidal thoughts, during a
three-and-a-half-month audit done earlier this year.
Synthetic cannabis has been much in the public spotlight
recently, as increasingly disturbing stories about its
negative effects have been related by health professionals,
police, parents and users themselves.
Zombie-like youth, high on a ''dirty drug'', with twitching
muscles and slurred speech, are changing the work of social
service staff in Dunedin, Otago Adventure Development
counsellor Scott Blair says.