Justin first responders training to treat K2 overdose

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by CRAIG CIVALE

WFAA

Posted on May 3, 2012 at 7:56 PM

JUSTIN, Texas - Officials in Justin are looking to train their first responders to better recognize and treat those who overdose on K2.

Over the past month, the city has had five people overdose on the banned substance, which mirrors the effects of marijuana. Police say the young adults, who are between the ages of 17 and 21, have all recovered.

Three of the incidents involved employees who all worked at the same restaurant.
 
"It's new, it is new to us," said Justin Assistant Fire Chief Ken Cloud. "It helps if we can recognize things quickly, so we can help treat the patient."
 
The symptoms of a K2 overdose are similar to those of a heart attack. Patients experience rapid heart rate, anxiety and high blood pressure.

The City of Justin banned the product back in 2010, before a state-wide ban went to place.

E-mail ccivale@wfaa.com

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