Synthetic cannabis

Synthetic cannabis blamed for threats to kill

Synthetic cannabis blamed for threats to kill

A young Dunedin man was ''psychotic'' on synthetic cannabis when he threatened to kill himself, his former partner and their child by driving into Otago Harbour earlier this year.

Seizures, vomiting: 'addict' tells of long struggle with legal highs

Seizures, vomiting: 'addict' tells of long struggle with legal highs

Temporary paralysis, daily vomiting, seizures, coughing up ''black stuff'', violent mood swings and insomnia were all par for the course for those addicted to psychoactive substances, a former addict says.

Community rallies against legal high

Community rallies against legal high

A protest sign - ''legal but lethal, we say no, legal highs all must go''- was the message delivered to local and central government politicians at a Dunedin protest synthetic cannabis on Saturday.

Legal high shop in arson attack

Legal high shop in arson attack

The owner of a South Invercargill legal high shop attacked by arsonists early yesterday says he had no doubt he has been targeted by people who want to put him out of business.

Day of protest action

Tokoroa mother Julie King has organised a nationwide protest with a Facebook page called ''Aotearoa bans the sale and distribution of legal highs in our country''.

Curb legal highs, DCC told

Curb legal highs, DCC told

The Government has passed legislation that allows the Dunedin City Council some control over the sale of psychoactive substances like party pills and synthetic cannabis.

Director quits synthetic drugs company

Director quits synthetic drugs company

A Wanaka woman connected to a company which was recently licensed to manufacture synthetic drugs has had a change of heart about the business.

Considering legal highs

Considering legal highs

Tougher restrictions on shops selling legal highs could be coming to Otago, but not until after local body elections in October.

Project aims to help those kicking synthetic cannabis

Project aims to help those kicking synthetic cannabis

An initiative started by a pair of Otago Polytechnic students to help those wanting to quit their synthetic cannabis habit is gaining national interest.

K2 prominent in admissions audit

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.

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