Friday, August 10, 2012
The Brighton Center for Recovery hosted a day-long Synthetic Summit Thursday.
About 150 medical professionals, law enforcement officials, first responders and other community members gathered at Brighton Center for Recovery Thursday for its Synthetic Summit, designed to educate the public on the continuing epidemic of synthetic marijuana. Scott Masi, referral-outreach specialist and program analyst for the Brighton Center for Recovery, said that because synthetic drugs hit us so quickly, now is the time to stay on top of it and stay informed because of all the unknowns - such as the long term effects. "We want to address the issue," Masi said of synthetic drugs. "We know there is some type of legislation in about 41 different states, and they've all seen an increase in use - even after legislation has passed. So it'…
Thursday, August 2, 2012
What issues do you want addressed at an upcoming synthetic drug conference and community session on August 9?
When Livingston County officials declared synthetic marijuana, also known as Spice, K2, LOL, OMG and Bath Salts, an imminent health danger and issued an emergency order preventing sales in June, many parents and community members gave a sigh of relief. The issue of synthetic drug use and addiction, however, has not gone away. According to Scott Masi, an outreach and referral specialist for the Brighton Center for Recovery, the recovery center so far hasn't seen any downtick in synthetic use but are seeing more deceptive behavior from their patients. "We're in a perfect storm," Masi said. "The potency of these products, availability, undetectable, unsuspecting youth– and what's happening is this is leading to a collasping time frame of …
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
The ban on the synthetic drugs would go into effect on July 1.
Critics of the synthetic drug known as K2 or Spice have been calling for a statewide ban on the substance, which can have powerful side effects. On Tuesday, Gov. Rick Snyder is expected to sign into law a ban on the drug. The substance has been sold legally because it is marketed as herbal incense or potpourri and is labeled "not for human consumption." Livingston County recently joined several other Michigan counties in banning the sale of synthetic marijuana, such as K2 and Spice, as well as bath salts. The Detroit Free Press reports: "One of the bills updates the list of chemicals used to make synthetic drugs and would make them illegal to possess and sell. The ban would go into effect July 1." Other legislation would go into effect …
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
What do you want to know about Spice and other synthetic drugs? Our team of experts will be here live at noon with the answers.
Friday, June 8, 2012
Livingston County officials held a press conference Friday morning after issuing an emergency order declaring all synthetic marijuana an imminent danger and banning all sales of the drug.
Livingston County law enforcement and health officials teamed up to personally deliver emergency orders banning sales of all forms of synthetic marijuana, also known as K2, Spice, LOL and OMG, and seize any products on site on Friday morning. Livingston County Health Director Ted Westmeier called K2 an "imminent danger to health and lives of individuals in Livingston County."
Livingston County Public Health and Police officials held a press conference Friday morning after raiding 10 local stores known to sell synthetic marijuana.
Livingston County officials declared synthetic marijuana, also known as Spice, K2, LOL, OMG and Bath Salts, an imminent health danger and issued an emergency order preventing sales of all substances Friday morning. Ten local businesses will be served with a copy of the order by police and County Health Department officials, who will then confiscate all products on site. The products will be held in property rooms indefinately. Assistant Prosecutor William Vailliencourt said he fully anticipates the product being destroyed after pending K2 legislation is approved. Any violators of the order could be charged with a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in county jail and a $200 fine. According to County Health Director Ted Westmeier, …
Addiction team from the Brighton Center for Recovery Hospital answers viewers questions during live web chat. Check out the chat transcript.
It was a lively and infomative debate between viewers and a team of addiction specialists from the Brighton Center for Recovery Tuesday during the one-hour live web chat on about K2 on Patch.com. Dr. David Yanga, addictionoligist and family practitioner, along with John Furey, Brighton counseling supervisor and Scott Masi, Brighton addiction outreach specialist, were on hand from noon to 1 p.m. to field readers' questions. To read a transcript of the chat, click on the Cover It Live box. For more information, visit the Brighton Center for Recovery Hospital.
Thursday, June 7, 2012
With so much being said in the media about Spice, Patch takes a look at some cold hard facts about the synthetic drug. Also, listen to a young adult's first-hand account with the deadly substance.
It’s been cited as the cause of 18-year-old Bloomfield Township resident Oliver Smith’s death and is alleged to have influenced 19-year-old Farmington Hills resident Tucker Cipriano’s fatal attack on his family. It’s called Spice, or K2, but what exactly is this increasingly infamous substance? The National Institute on Drug Abuse defines “Spice,” as “a wide variety of herbal mixtures that produce experiences similar to marijuana (cannabis) and that are marketed as ‘safe,’ legal alternatives to that drug.” However, NIDA, law enforcement officials and doctors in the Metro Detroit area say the substance is anything but “safe.” Although Spice is commonly defined as “synthetic marijuana,” Dr. Sanford Vieder, director of Botsford Hospital's …