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BHS suspends 2 students for synthetic drugs

Unusual behavior at Brainerd High School Tuesday afternoon led to the discovery of illegal drugs and the suspension of two students. Brainerd Public Schools Superintendent Bob Gross said staff contacted the Brainerd Police Department shortly afte...

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Synthetic cannabinoids "refer to a growing number of man-made mind-altering chemicals that are either sprayed on dried, shredded plant material so they can be smoked (herbal incense) or sold as liquids to be vaporized and inhaled in e-cigarettes and other devices (liquid incense)." The chemicals are related to those found in marijuana, and the drugs are sometimes referred to as "fake weed." BrainerdDispatch.com Illustration.

Unusual behavior at Brainerd High School Tuesday afternoon led to the discovery of illegal drugs and the suspension of two students.

Brainerd Public Schools Superintendent Bob Gross said staff contacted the Brainerd Police Department shortly after noon after the students were found to be in possession of the drugs, which police later identified as synthetic cannabinoids. The police then dealt with the situation, Gross said, and the students were suspended.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports synthetic cannabinoids "refer to a growing number of man-made mind-altering chemicals that are either sprayed on dried, shredded plant material so they can be smoked (herbal incense) or sold as liquids to be vaporized and inhaled in e-cigarettes and other devices (liquid incense)."

The chemicals are related to those found in marijuana, and the drugs are sometimes referred to as "fake weed." They are sold in colorful packaging as incense and under many brand names, although NIDA reports K2 and Spice are common.

The effects of the drug can be severe and unpredictable, including rapid heart rate, vomiting, violent behavior, high blood pressure, kidney damage, seizures and suicidal thoughts.

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No other students were involved and it was an isolated situation, Gross said. Others immediately recognized the two students had used a substance, he said, so they were turned over to the police officer stationed at the school.

The message sent to high school students regarding illegal substances is clear and delivered time and again, Gross said. If students are using illegal substances, he said, there will be consequences.

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