Apr 29, 2013 6:55 PM by Morgan Frances - MFrances@kristv.com
ALICE - K2, Magma, Ninja and Klimax are just a few of many names for what's widely known as synthetic marijuana. Smoking the synthetic weed has become a growing trend in middle and high schools across the Coastal Bend and the country. Officials in Jim Wells County say it has caused serious side affects ranging from seizures to death.
Director of the Jim Wells Juvenile Probation Department, Jimmy Schmidt said, "It just worries me because I'm just afraid these kids are going to die from this stuff." In the past five months, Jimmy Schmidt says they've had 15-16 kids test positive for synthetic pot, an unusually high rate for just a couple hundred kids. The drug's popularity with young teens has parents on social media sites begging for help. On Topix, a local mother posted that her kids were "smoking it like its going out of style."
"They just don't know what to do," Schmidt said referring to the parents, "that's , again, why we have our crisis intervention where hopefully they'll bring them in. We may not be able to save all of them but at least maybe we can send them in the right direction where they can get some help."
Schmidt says they don't want kids to get arrested for possession of the synthetic pot. Instead, he hopes that through offering crisis intervention classes, they can reach the young teens smoking the stuff and help them before they end up with a record or seriously hurt.