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Teen suicide blamed on K2

An Indianola teenager who smoked a potent, yet legal, drug reportedly suffered a severe panic attack, told friends he was "going to hell," then went home, and shot and killed himself.

David Rozga, 18, had graduated from Indianola High School just days before his death on June 6.

On that day, Rozga and two friends smoked K2, a synthetic version of marijuana that is sold in a few Des Moines-area stores as incense. Teenagers and young adults like to smoke it because it can alter their perceptions.

Rozga's death prompted the director of the Governor's Office of Drug Control Policy to issue a statewide warning last week about K2, also known as Spice. Gary Kendell also said he would seek a ban on the substance when the Iowa Legislature convenes in January.

K2 can be more dangerous than marijuana, Kendell said. "It causes hallucinations. That doesn't happen with marijuana."

Posted By jamesk at 2010-06-20 19:06:24 permalink | comments
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samantha tattiano. : 2013-01-16 03:23:10
Btw. Its dea compliant they put whatever they want in it!
samantha tattiano. : 2013-01-16 03:21:07
Those who are saying the shit didnt effect you that bad try smoking four hrs bowl after bowl of 100% pure evil or scooby snacks those the two most potent baggies you can get.

Pure evil- i hallucinated my mother was dead, shes very much alive.

I blacked out and dreamed that i was in hell my body burned, it was like a sheet of blood red infront of me with smoke as im repeating god forgive god save me.

Scooby snacks-i blacked out but was well aware of hearing myself scream and beg for someone to give me water.. once your mouth goes drive is when the bad shit starts happening so just some pointers keep hydrated if your going to smoke this shit dont take 6 hits at a time just 1 then pass it.

BUT IF YOUR EPILEPTIC OR HAVE PANIC ATTACK THIS SHIT ISNT FOR YOU DONT SMOKE IT!!

kevin. : 2011-08-13 12:05:10
i smoked k2 once let me tell yo i reached insanity in one point .smoked to much in one hit i lost it , i couldnt tell if was dead or alive , i was screaming were the f am i ,what is this place . i could see now why people will commit suicide ,cause i will wasnt strong enough im pretty sure i would have done it .no bs
cd. : 2011-07-14 02:35:07
I smoked k2 for about 3 months with no issues. Then last night i took about 5 hits of it out of a bowl. Guess it was too much. I felt fine for about 20 mins but then i started feeling weird. Like my limbs were tingling and started feeling like my body was on fire. Then my heart started races like fucking crazy and i thought iveas gonna die. Couldnt see straight and i was about to tell my bf to call 911. He calmed me down and i just ended up dealin with this horrible feeling for another hour or so before it started fading off. I thought i was going to stay that way forever the whole thing lasted 2 hrs. I would hear noises that werent there, i felt sick to my stomach, i was hallucinating. It was the worst experience ive EVER had in my 26 years of living. And the next day i felt like shit. This stuff is bad. No one would want to feel the way i did. Stick to weed. Ive been smoking weed for 7 yrs and never experienced something this horrible. Trust me dont get this shit ull regret it when u experience this.
Dave. : 2011-06-04 22:18:25
With all of this sensation over Spice related Suicide, I am very surprised that everybody is blaming the drug for the teens death and not the tool itself that he used. WHY THE IN THE WORLD IS NOBODY ASKING HOW HE WAS ABLE TO GET A GUN????
Veronica Johnston. : 2011-05-17 17:28:40
I smoked it saturday night....took two hits and it was fun you were laughing like crazy...I took NO alochol...the next time i took 4 huge hits and i was GONE.....YOU dont understand i seriousily was gone...I saw what verison of what hell was like... the worst place you would ever want to go to...I was screaming and teling my brother DONT LEAVE ME OR IM GOING TO HELL....the easiest way to explain it was i had to be force to watch and repeat 20 years of my life over again...but not just one time it was over and over...it was like bein in a coma and trying to fight ur way out but you couldnt...i understand why that boy did what he did...hell was putting you down, making it hard as possible for you to experince it, makng you feel so much like shit just so you can finualy give up on yourself...and thats excatly how i felt...and even today i still feel like and scared wondering if life after death is like that... that i rather die now and be in hell for 20 years than being like 30 or 50 yrs old dye and repeat life over again....there as so much more to it....WEED is NOTHING!!!! heck i know a crap load of ppl who has to smoke weed just to foucs in school..or i know some that smoke weed and still can live heir everyday lifes just fine..AND THERE IS NO REPORTS ON PPL COMMITING SUICIDE OVER FUCKIN WEED!!! and im not even a dam pot head i only smoked weed twice my whole life....and here you got this crazy shit u can buy at smoke shops and it makes u wanna kill ur self. its bullshit
Brad. : 2011-05-05 09:36:14
So they decided that because he said I'm going to hell means he was committing suicide? It only lasts 30-45 minutes how long after he smoked did his daddys gun go off... Maybe instead of banning something parents with guns should buy gunlocks and teach their children about safety.
guest : 2011-02-06 09:25:15
I did it last nite and have been smokin it for a few months..........i tripped the hell out people!! Don't be so narrowminded, i hope someone listens to this b/c my husband and family r still lookin at me like i am a psycho
Fuck tha dead kid. : 2010-12-13 10:31:47
OK first off fuck him and his parents! sorry for your loss but fuck you for blaming it on anything besides your shitty parenting and the belief in hell! who ever lets there kids believe in imaginary bullshit needs to be shot. ANd to bann a chemicla because someone killed themselves is dumb as fuck because if you were to look at what kills the most people worldwide you would see it is cigarettes and alcohol. It dosnt take a genius to see we are being yanked around by the fucking government. ... This kid would have killed himself regardless of the chemical use... If it were pcp Id understand but fake weed????? COME ON!!! ARE YOU FUCKING RETARDED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SUCK A GOAT DICK!
Samk. : 2010-12-05 12:37:22
I Have A Friend Who Smoke Just Reg Weed and She Has Become Very Paranoid Thinking She was Going to Hell And That Everyone Knew Her Sins and Blah Blah Blah So Im Sure It was just Because Of k2 This Kid Became Paranoid.
Alycia. : 2010-07-26 20:54:17
I wish my friends would stop smoking that stuff. They watched me have a seizure on it but they still do it.. =/
Aubree. : 2010-07-25 20:10:17
It's so scary how the dosing of JWH-018 can vary wildly from source to source. Another thing to worry about is counterfeit. This website warns of many known counterfeiters, [link] Be careful you guys...
chemo. : 2010-07-05 22:12:48
@cf132

I am an experienced pot and jwh (ab)user and I've been as high as the sky from both. But I've never had an halucination. What kind were u smoking? I'd like to try some. :-D

cf132. : 2010-07-01 08:57:36
Actually jwh-108, the active synthetic in spice products, is significantly more potent than regular thc. If a subject has a strong reaction to it, as do I, there are hallucinatory effects far outstripping those of regular weed. My first experience was more akin to LSD than any grass I've had before and also led to a "hell" related trip.

Further experiences were much more pleasant.

IamRU. : 2010-06-27 23:15:42
The people that wrote the article in the Des Moines Register are flat out wrong. Evidence the "reporters" didn't put in their article points to an accidental discharge. However, the fact that he was under the influence of K2 is believed to have been the main cause of this. I've had to tell many people that it was not a suicide. It's a shame when the media twists a story as sad as this one just to make it sound the way they want it to.
Sean. : 2010-06-27 14:28:31
Yeah, I'm glad that we're not alone in realizing this guy probably had a lot going on beneath the surface before he smoked anything. This whole 'victim' mentality that it's always some exterior force that is "making" people do things is really getting weak.
chemo. : 2010-06-26 22:52:01
Obviously the poor fellow had deeper problems. K2 DOES NOT cause hallucinations. Its very sad that he commited the act but, people have got to pull their collective heads out of their collective asses and look at the WHOLE picture.
jamesk : 2010-06-24 10:52:56
@wystri, Good point about religion sharing some of the blame. The guy who killed his friend while on mushrooms claimed his friend was the devil, or was possessed by the devil, and used that as an excuse to cut his heart out. Really, what other than supernatural fear (taught in Sunday school) can cause someone to do something like that?
wystri. : 2010-06-24 01:07:59
you know, he said he was "going to hell" right before this happened. everyone blames the substance, but does anyone ever think to blame religion? if you insist on assigning blame that is. sure, it's possible the substance was a trigger for something that set him off psychologically, but a statement like that followed by an action seems to expose some buried conflict between beliefs and self. i probably would not have posted this, but when i saw this kid's facebook page, i noticed he was a fan of "i love jesus" which seems to imply some kind of religious background.

regardless of why it happened, it's certainly very sad. unfortunately i know how it feels to lose someone in this way, and i definitely feel for his family and friends.

Hungrygirl. : 2010-06-21 21:05:09
ANOTHER one of these stories? Jesus, people, when your friend has a panic attack while under the influence of pyschoactive drugs, don't leave them alone.
dreamdust. : 2010-06-21 20:48:23
@Anonymous:

That is not true. Regulation has many positive benefits. Regulation of pharmaceuticals is very effective at ensuring purity.

Alcohol and tobacco regulation has been very effective at reducing the use amongst people under 18. Tobacco is glaring example of how effective education combined with regulation is.

Chris Thomson. : 2010-06-21 16:55:30
Shit, we lost a cancer cure :S
Anonymous. : 2010-06-21 14:10:18
I agree that prohibition never works. On the other hand:

"It can be successfully regulated!"

Does regulation really work? Have alcohol and tobacco regulation kept it out of the hands of minors? Successfully reduced the social costs? Don't regulated, prescription drugs account for the vast majority of overdose deaths?

I'm all for ending prohibition and bringing on "regulation," but let's be honest with ourselves: regulation is no more a panacea than the "just say 'no'" movement has been. Lie to the prohibitionists if you want, but let's not lie to ourselves.

End prohibition because it is the right thing to do on all levels. But don't think regulation will cure all ills.

Johnny . : 2010-06-21 01:29:57
Yeah, very sad story, don't get me wrong. How bout we investigate other issues..

Access to firearms? Im not familiar with US regulations..

Toxicology report? The article says that K2 was smoked... but this must be an "alleged" fact until proven.. If I was 18 and got questioned on something like this, I would blame the legal products before I admitted to using (or abusing) anything else.

I believe these products serve a market that will always be in demand. They will always be available. Prohibition does not and never will work

It can be successfully regulated!

These kids need to know that there is a social responsibility involved in the use of these products.. If you wouldn't smoke marijuana, the legality of these products alone, does not justify the use. This perception leads to misuse

bbl337. : 2010-06-21 00:14:33
They did this with mephedrone, now synthetic cannabinoids? Wonderful.
Jake. : 2010-06-20 22:19:11
It'd be just swell if they could write an article without using anti-drug rhetoric...

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