Boy, 16, Taken to Hospital After Smoking Unknown Substance

The Rochester Hills teen may have smoked K2/Spice, police say. It was one of two incidents related to the drug this weekend.

The 16-year-old Rochester Hills boy who was reportedly hospitalized in serious condition after smoking K2/Spice on Friday afternoon was actually treated at Troy Beaumont Hospital and released — and it's not clear what drug had caused him to be uncooperative and incoherent, police say.

Detective Ray White of the Rochester Hills substation of the said sheriff's deputies responded to the boy's home on Simpson Street around 4:40 p.m. Friday and found the boy lying "uncooperative and speaking incoherently" on his lawn. 

The also responded to the scene; the boy was placed on a backboard and transported to the hospital. 

"The juvenile later told a family member that he had met some people on Auburn Road near Adams Road in Auburn Hills," White stated. "He smoked something that they had out of a glass bowl. He said that it was marijuana mixed with Spice.

"Another family member told deputies that the juvenile had smoked mushrooms. It is unknown what the juvenile ingested, but it caused him to be taken to the hospital."

K2, also known as Spice, is a dried herbal blend sprayed with an analgesic chemical, which creates a high similar to marijuana, according to the Michigan Department of Community Health, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Administration. It is sold as incense. Side effects include heart palpitations, respiratory issues, panic attacks, hallucinations, delusions, vomiting and increased agitation.

In a separate weekend incident, a 27-year-old Rochester man was arrested Sunday night for allegedly stealing K2/Spice from the gas station at Rochester and Avon roads, White stated. 

Deputies were called to the gas station at 8:35 p.m. Sunday; an attendant told them a man had taken the item without paying for it and, when confronted outside the station by the attendant, the two fought and the man ran away.

Deputies found him in the parking lot of a nearby church; he dropped the K2/Spice item to the ground while deputies were arresting him, White stated.

The man was being held at the Oakland County Jail.  

Peter Griffin May 21, 2012 at 04:49 PM
What a loser. 16 and high; great way to go through life.
Sandy Altherr May 21, 2012 at 06:54 PM
how many more K2/Spice stories do we need before they pull it off of the shelves and make it unable to purchase ? I have heard nothing but bad stories about K2.
Kristin Bull (Editor) May 21, 2012 at 07:13 PM
There are efforts in some surrounding towns to have retailers remove these items from their shelves; so far, I haven't heard of anything organized in the Rochester area -- but I could be wrong.
djd May 21, 2012 at 07:54 PM
I was driving down the Rochester rd Sunday when 6 squad cars came flying by, ripped threw the intersection on Rochester and Hamlin and then threw Rochester and Avon. For what? A $10 bag of spice. Ridiculous. Lets put people's lives in danger to stop some idiot for stealing that crap, and how stupid is the clerk or fighting him. He could have a knife, a gun. Not to mention any STD's he might have if the clerk draws blood. what a joke.
Erin May 21, 2012 at 11:56 PM
Are there any state regulations on this substance?
Oakland Parent May 22, 2012 at 12:39 AM
Communities across the country are having similar problems. Congress has attempted to pass legislation making these synthetic cannabinoid products illegal, but the legislation has been held up by one U.S. Senator from Kentucky.
Saparon May 22, 2012 at 02:54 AM
don't call him a loser... 99% of 16s will get high. The biggest problem with spice is its flexible on its making, K2 may be illegal, due to it's chemical called JWH (which became illegal in 2010)... but they are able to change one little thing in the chemical and its legal again. So it will always be in the market, the best way to go about it, I think would be to inform your kid about it... let them know that they may get high for that 30 mins or hour but years down the line, just having the chemical which no one knows of might really effect there health, unlike weed, where there has not ever been a case like so.
Del May 22, 2012 at 04:48 AM
How many drinking and driving fighting or there terrible achoholic story of terrible concequenses that people have caused have we heard. Everyone ison k2 scare . Its k2 not the person that's responsible for there behavior. I believe its our responsible o teach our children the dangers of drugs and quit focus on what MMMmedia teaches us.
SAS May 22, 2012 at 11:49 AM
The SHELL STATION ON ROCHESTER AND AVON SELLS SPICE? Good to know. I won't be giving them my business anymore, and I'll tell all my friends so they don't buy fuel from there either. Let's put these drug (and yes, Spice/K2 is a drug) dealers out of business!!
SAS May 22, 2012 at 12:20 PM
Del, I've seen first-hand what Spice can do to a kid. Kids think they are indestructible. They will try stuff just to see what it will do. You can teach/preach/talk until you're blue in the face but it is over-ridden by peer pressure. The problem is when it is so readily available, they think "why not? It can't be all that bad if I can just buy it at a gas station." Kids don't completely understand the serious consequences of their behavior. Heck, many adults fall into that category, so how can we expect minors to make good decisions? As far as they're concerned, they're immortal. It's the responsibility of the adults to get this stuff off the shelves, and the only way to do it is to hit retailers where it hurts - in the wallet.
Joshua Raymond May 22, 2012 at 02:54 PM
If I recall correctly, RCS Superintendent Fred Clarke said that he (or perhaps a member of his staff) had called local gas stations asking them to stop selling K2/Spice. Perhaps Deb Hartman could provide more info on that.
Peter Griffin May 23, 2012 at 04:28 PM
I will call him a loser -- he's a loser. If he looks like a loser and smells like a loser, then he is a loser. To quote Jim Carey, "Loo-who-zaaa--herrrrrr" If he gets arrested -- he's a loser (I'm sure you are going to tell me 99% of all people get arrested) if he smokes things from strangers -- he's a loser. if he thinks these people are his friends -- he's a loser. 99% of 16s DO NOT get high. Where do you get your stats? Instead of being a "liberal" parent and "explaining" that they may get high for 30 min....yada...yada...yada.... just TELL them that it is no way acceptable to exhibit this type of behavior and there will be extreme consequences; and carry through on the extreme consequences. (Car goes bye-bye, credit card goes bye-bye, no internet access, NO CELL PHONE, no going out with friends,etc). Being a kids friend is not what a parent is supposed to do - we are not our kids buddies --- we are their parents. Kids need to earn their parents' trust.
Peter Griffin May 23, 2012 at 04:31 PM
If you or someone you know can get a hold of one of the local tv news stations and see if they can do a story on how easy it is to get K2spice....I don't know anyone or I would. Maybe this could embarass the gas station owners who sell the stuff.
Sonia Daily May 25, 2012 at 10:26 PM
My thoughts exactly - I wont be buying my gas at that Shell station.
Mors Hostibus May 28, 2012 at 07:44 PM
The community should be thanking Kristin for bravely confronting this horrible issue. If the police will not help and the media refuses to get involved then citizens must protect their children from the wolf in the fold.
Polaris May 31, 2012 at 08:20 PM
I'm pretty confident it was easy for this kid the marijuana to mix with the spice. I live in the neighborhood. It's traffic in and out of that rental house at all hours. And the occasional Oakland County Sheriffs surrounding the house looking for "an individual of interest". What a mess all the way around.


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