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Banned drug K2 still problematic in Middle Tennessee

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Months after sales of K2, the popular synthetic marijuana drug, were banned, doctors say the substance is still causing problems in Middle Tennessee.

Dr. Mary Romano with Vanderbilt Children's Hospital says teens are still using the popular drug and there are some warning signs that your child may be feeling its effects.

"If you have your kid that's locking themselves in their room all the time, disconnecting from the family and friends, and really just changes in behavior, it really doesn't hurt to ask," she said.

Other side effects could include high blood pressure, racing heart, vision problems, blood-shot eyes, paranoid behavior and loss of appetite, according to health officials.

Shleena Overcast, a counselor at the Centerstone Drug and Rehab Center in Tullahoma, says nine out of 10 teens that come through the facility's doors are smoking K2. She said new drug tests can detect the synthetic chemicals present in the synthetic marijuana.

"A lot of (K2 users) are under the false impression that it's safe, that it's legal, that it's okay. And they think that they can pass a drug test and still get high on this stuff," she said.

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