Help Fight K2 Epidemic

On Tuesday, July 12th, some 33 people were hospitalized in Brooklyn from K2 (synthetic marijuana) related incidents. Police were called after victims were seen lying on the sidewalk, widely shaking and leaning over fire hydrants.

K2 is an extremely dangerous drug. The term K2 is used to refer to any number of chemicals designed to mimic the effects of marijuana. Because there is no precise formulation, its effects are highly dangers of K2. In addition, I believe that community leaders and impactors should be encouraging community members to report stores that sell K2. In New York, a call to 311 is all that is needed. It is essential that we assist law enforcement and organize compliance checks to ensure that local establishments aren’t offering K2 for sale.

I won’t be shopping at any establishments that violate the law prohibiting the sale of K2 and neither should you. It is our collective responsibility – and is within our power – to see to it that our community members do not fall victim to this frightening epidemic.

About the Author
Yaacov Behrman was ordained by the former Chief Rabbi of Israel, Rav Mordechai Eliyahu and earned his M.A. degree in Educational Leadership from Bellevue University. Behrman is the director of a drug prevention program in Crown Heights, the founder of The Jewish Future Alliance, and the former director of media relations for Chabad Lubavitch World Headquarters. He was featured in the Jewish Week’s seventh annual “36 Under 36” list of rising Jewish innovators for 2014. The views expressed are his own.
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