Teen suicide blamed on K2
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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."