YORK, Pa. (WHTM) – Two people were arrested after police said they sold synthetic marijuana that hospitalized three people Wednesday morning.
Kim Bobbitt, 47, and Mark Anthony Wood, 47, both of York, were directly responsible for selling the synthetic marijuana to those who were sickened, all residents of Springettsbury Township, police said.
Authorities seized 48 packets of the dangerous drug, but they do not know how many packets were sold.
The uncertainty prompted a public service announcement from the York County district attorney’s office and the Springettsbury Township Police Department.
In a joint news release, the authorities said using synthetic marijuana is akin to playing Russian roulette. There is no consistency in chemical strength from batch to batch, so one bay may be relatively weak while another could send someone to the emergency room, they said.
Symptoms may include rapid heart rate, vomiting, agitation, confusion, and hallucinations; similar to those of PCP.
The chemicals used also change frequently, it’s impossible for users to know exactly what chemicals they are putting into their body. Police said chemicals commonly used include painkillers, cancer treatment drugs, and those used in fertilizers.
Synthetic marijuana goes by many street names, including spice and K2, and is aftern marked as incense, herbal mixtures or potpourri. (See examples below.)
Police said it is abused mainly by teens and young adults.
“I would highly encourage all parents to speak with their kids about the dangers of synthetic drugs,” Springettsbury Police Chief Dan Stump said in a statement. “A short conversation today could keep your child alive tomorrow.”