LINCOLN, Neb. — The Nebraska prison director is cautioning inmates on the effects of smoking synthetic marijuana.

Scott Frakes sent a letter to inmates in September to warn them about the dangers and effects of synthetic marijuana, also known as K2 or potpourri, the Lincoln Journal Star reported.

“Spending your final moments on earth covered in your own vomit, convulsing and sliding into respiratory failure is a sad legacy,” he said.

Employees at Lincoln prisons said they see the adverse effects of the drug, including combativeness, disorientation and seizures on inmates using it. Staff members at the Nebraska State Penitentiary said more than 20 adverse reactions that required emergency responses were reported within hours of each other earlier this month.

“We get called when staff find them (inmates) laying on the floor, or something like that, and they are in enough discomfort that they want to go to medical,” said John Wright, and associate director of nursing at the Lincoln Correctional Center.

Frakes said he knows scare tactics won’t convince users to stop, so he’s aiming his message at inmates who don’t use it in hopes they can convince their friends of the potential harm.

“If you are tired of having other people interfere with your time, if you hate seeing your visitors treated as potential drug smugglers, if you don’t want to spend another evening sitting in your cell because someone was smoking K2 and had to be taken to the hospital, tell us where the problems are,” Frakes said.


Information from: Lincoln Journal Star, http://www.journalstar.com

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