Fairbanks raises awareness about the latest drug of choice called K2 or Pep Spice

Fairbanks raises awareness about the latest drug of choice called K2 or Pep Spice

Indianapolis, IN, October 18, 2010 – After seeing first hand, the serious consequences and addictive traits of K2, Fairbanks offers education to parents so they may be more aware of this popular drug for many young people. K2 is a legal substance marketed since 2006 as a dried herbal blend for use as incense, which many adolescents are now smoking to achieve a high similar to that of marijuana. Prior to being packaged, K2 is sprayed with a chemical called JWH-018. This spray is reportedly an analgesic chemical which acts as marijuana.

K2 or Pep Spice also has the following names: Orange Dragon Smoke, Black Mamba, Genie, Blaze, Red X Dawn and Zohal. The popularity of the drug has grown for several reasons; it is legal, it will not appear in a drug screen after 2 hours of use, it has been marketed to be “natural and safe”, and sells for approximately $35. When one consumes this product the following symptoms may occur:

• Hallucinations
• Severe agitation
• Dangerously elevated blood pressure and heart rate
• Panic attacks
• Dilated pupils
• Very pale skin
• Vomiting
• May have tremors and seizures
• May cause severe headaches and user will stop using
Packages containing K2 have a warning that states, “Not for human consumption.” This warning is due to the dangerous toxicity of JWH-018. Several states have passed acts making it illegal under state law, including: Kansas, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Missouri, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Several other states are also considering legislation. Spice has also been banned in several European countries.

For a confidential and free assessment, parents can call 317-849-8222.


Fairbanks is a nonprofit organization that focuses on recovery from alcohol and drug problems. Since 1945, the organization has helped to improve the wellbeing of individuals, families and communities by offering hope and support through its programs and services. For more information about Fairbanks, please visit www.fairbankscd.org