Area Doctor Prepares Study Linking K2 With Teen Heart Attacks
K2, the controversial form of synthetic marijuana that sparked outrage among parents and lawmakers during the last legislative session, is back in the news as a North Texas doctor prepares a study linking the briefly-legal drug to heart attacks in teens.
Kim Tate was one of the first parents to write Sen. Florence Shapiro (R – Plano) asking her to present a bill banning the substance. She says she believes it killed her son.
He was my world. All I have is memories now, said Kim Tate.
Tates son Dominique was, by all accounts, a healthy 19-year-old. He died suddenly on August 6, 2010, two months, his mother says, after he started using K2.
I still think its the K2 that took his life. I do, she said.
K2 was marketed as potpourri, but had been sprayed with a substance chemically similar to marijuana. The packaging, often colorful and psychedelic, had small notices saying it was not for human consumption.
Despite the slim warning, it became popular among teens and adults looking for a legal high that wouldnt show up on drug tests.
Tate started researching the product after she buried her son. But an autopsy didnt find any traces of K2 in her son, only traces of marijuana.
But again, experts say K2 goes undetected on drug tests.
Most alarming to Tate was what the Medical Examiner told her: That he had an enlarged heart,” she said.
“And that she said the valves to the heart, she could tell they were damaged.”