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Salina teen sickened after smoking potpourri

February 16, 2011|By Eyewitness News

(SALINA, Kan.) — An 18-year-old Southeast of Saline student was taken to Salina Regional Health Center after she was found to be incoherent and unstable. Investigators say she smoked "herbal potpourri."

Classmates called 911 after they saw the girl passed out in a car in the school's parking lot Monday night. When deputies arrived, the girl had been taken to a friend's house in Salina. The Deputies called paramedics.

The girl told deputies she had the adverse reaction after smoking "potpourri" purchased at The Grind at 301 W. Ash. Other friends who smoked with her were not affected the same way Saline County Sheriff Glen Kochanowski told our news partners at The Salina Journal.

Part of the danger of the substance is that it affects people differently, Kochanowski said. Packets of the herbal substance have been treated with varying concentrations and different combinations of hallucinogenics, making the effects vary from a mild buzz to severe hallucinations, seizures and breathing difficulties.

A bill to add the synthetic cannabinoids used in the "potpourri" to the list of controlled substances in the state was passed by the Kansas House on Feb. 7. It was referred Thursday to the Senate's Committee on Judiciary.

But for now, the drugs are not illegal.

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*Our news partners at The Salina Journal contributed to this report.

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