SPICE/ K2, SYNTHETIC MARIJUANA

WHAT IS IT?

K2, or Spice, is a synthetic version of marijuana that mimics THC, the active ingredient in marijuana. K2 is a mixture of plant material sprayed with synthetic psychoactive chemicals. Synthetic marijuana often looks like potpourri and typically is marked or labeled, “not for human consumption.”

STREET NAMES

Bliss, Black Mamba, Blaze, Bombay Blue, Fake Weed, Legal Weed, Genie, Zohai, Red X, Dawn Scooby Skunk, Snax

HOW IT IS TAKEN

It is smoked using “joints”, pipes, E-cigarettes, as a tea

HOW DOES IT AFFECT THE BODY?

  • Paranoia, anxiety, panic attacks, hallucinations, and giddiness
  • Addictive
  • Increase in heart rate and blood pressure 
  • Convulsions, organ damage, or death 

Reference: https://www.justthinktwice.gov/drugs/spice-k2-synthetic-marijuana

Oxycodone

WHAT IS IT?

Oxycodone is a semi-synthetic opioid drug prescribed for pain as Tylox®, Percodan®, OxyContin®. Derived from the poppy plant, has high potential for abuse.

STREET NAMES

Hillbilly Heroin, Kicker, OC, Ox, Roxy, Perc, Oxy

HOW IT IS TAKEN

  • Pills and tablets chewed or swallowed
  • Inhaling vapors by heating tablet on foil
  • Crushed and sniffed or dissolved in water and injected  

HOW DOES IT AFFECT THE BODY?

  • Feelings of relaxation, euphoria, pain relief
  • Addictive
  • Chronic use of oxycodone with acetaminophen may cause severe liver damage
  • Overdose may lead to coma and possible death

Reference: https://www.justthinktwice.gov/drugs/oxycodone

MAT Resource

SAMSHA has provided a break down of MAT, including information about methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone. This information includes what it does, where you can get it, cost, who it works for, research, side effects, warnings, risk to others, effects during pregnancy and more. They also provide videos with people’s own testimony about their MAT journey. SAMSHA provides a chart with the breakdown of the three drugs, allowing you to see the comparison between the three of them in one page.

Follow the link below to learn more about MAT:

https://mat-decisions-in-recovery.samhsa.gov/Default.aspx