Local doctors say more adults and teenagers in Tulsa are smoking marijuana that they don't realize is laced with K2, or spice, and that can lead to a multitude of health problems.
K2, also known as spice, is a drug that is typically found laced into marijuana. So, local psychiatry experts say people don't always know what they are smoking and how it's going to affect them until they are already experiencing extreme symptoms.
Stevi Harper with Parkside Psychiatry hospital says they've seen a steady rise over the years of adults and teenagers using synthetic weed products like K2.
Harper says during the summer months they usually have less K2 related admissions to their facility, but they are currently seeing a steady stream of patients being admitted because people are bored being at home, or they're stressed because of COVID-19.
She says K2 is especially dangerous because the side effects aren't just anxiety, but extreme confusion, paranoia, psychotic behavior, violence, and thoughts of suicide.
"I think we have to be responsible and educate people and parents that they're aware of the effects because, sometimes, it's difficult to get an adolescent stable enough to discharge them and like I said we still don't know the long last impacts on the brain is from the K2," Harper explained.
Harper says they are still taking admissions to their facility for drug abuse, but they are also holding virtual meetings as well if people feel more comfortable being at home during the pandemic.