Tuesday, December 11, 2012
The following arrest information was supplied by the Farmington Public Safety Department. It does not indicate a conviction.
A 24-year-old Farmington Hills man faces charges after an assault on his brother Saturday. According to the report, police who responded to a home on 13 Mile Road at around 9:20 p.m. were told that the man has a history of K2 use. The suspect's 22-year-old brother told police he was assaulted when he tried to stop his brother, who was "going crazy" smashing car windows with a fireplace poker. The report indicated that the younger brother had difficulty breathing and a headache, and had lacerations on his arm. He was taken to Botsford Hospital and released early Sunday morning. The brothers' father told police that the older brother has a history of using the synthetic drug and was recently laid off from his job. Police found windows …
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Henry Ford Hospital in West Bloomfield hosts a seminar tonight on K2 and Spice.
There's another scorching hot day ahead, this is a good time review the Emergency Preparedness Commission's tips for staying safe in the heat. Here's what else you should know: The National Weather Service predicts the temperature will break 100 today, with a heat index around 105. (Read more.) Tonight will cool down into the low 70s, with a 50 percent chance or rain and thunderstorms. Bring the kids to the Farmington Community Library Main Library today at 10:30 a.m. to meet new friends and socialize with other parents. The library provides a variety of toys and books geared for children from birth to age 5. Registration is not required. This event is offered today, 7 p.m., just over the border at Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital, …
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
The ban on the synthetic drugs would go into effect on July 1.
Critics of the synthetic drug known as K2 or Spice have been calling for a statewide ban on the substance, which can have powerful side effects. Today, Gov. Rick Snyder is expected to sign into law a ban on the drug, which has been sold legally because it is marketed as herbal incense or potpourri and is labeled "not for human consumption." Many parents have expressed concern about Spice in the wake of several incidents. Most notably, Tucker Cipriano, 19, of Farmington Hills is believed to have been high on synthetic marijuana in April when he was accused of attacking his family, killing his father and severely injuring his mother and brother. The Detroit Free Press reports: "One of the bills updates the list of chemicals used to make …
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
What do you want to know about Spice and other synthetic drugs? Our team of experts will be here at noon today to answer your questions.
Monday, June 11, 2012
Council members change language on a proposed resolution to reflect a misconception about drugs known by many names, including K2 and Spice.
Acknowledging calls by some residents to enact a local ban, Farmington Hills officials on Monday expressed support for state legislation to control a class of synthetic drugs that might have played a part in two violent deaths with local connections. The final resolution, passed during Monday night's city council meeting, refers to the drugs as "synthetic intoxicants", correcting what one council member said can be a dangerous misperception about them. Council member Dr. Randy Bruce, who is a therapist, asked that the words "synthetic marijuana" in the proposed resolution be changed. He wanted to avoid confusion with synthetic marijuana that is used to treat nausea and other symptoms experienced by cancer patients. "This is not …
Friday, June 8, 2012
Officials considered, but will not enact, a ban on the synthetic drug also known as "spice".
Farmington city officials are joining their colleagues in Farmington Hills in deciding against a local ban on synthetic drugs tied to three recent Oakland County deaths. In a statement issued today, Farmington Public Safety Director Bob Schulz said police officers on Wednesday visited all Farmington gas stations and convenience stores and found none of them carry K2, known by other names including "spice". The blend of herbs is sprayed with synthetic compounds and used by teens to get high. The statement quoted Farmington Mayor Pro Tem Bill Galvin, who said, “As a parent of two teenagers, I am relieved of concern knowing that our public safety department is aggressively attacking this issue and our community business partners have …
Addiction team from the Brighton Center for Recovery Hospital answers viewers questions during live web chat. Check out the chat transcript.
It was a lively and infomative debate between viewers and a team of addiction specialists from the Brighton Center for Recovery Tuesday during the one-hour live web chat on about K2 on Patch.com. Dr. David Yanga, addictionoligist and family practitioner, along with John Furey, Brighton counseling supervisor and Scott Masi, Brighton addiction outreach specialist, were on hand from noon to 1 p.m. to field readers' questions. To read a transcript of the chat, click on the Cover It Live box. For more information, visit the Brighton Center for Recovery Hospital.
Thursday, June 7, 2012
With so much being said in the media about Spice, Patch takes a look at some cold hard facts about the synthetic drug. Also, listen to a young adult's first-hand account with the deadly substance.
It’s alleged to have influenced 19-year-old Farmington Hills resident Tucker Cipriano’s fatal attack on his family and been cited as the cause of 18-year-old Bloomfield Township resident Oliver Smith’s death. It’s called Spice, or K2, but what exactly is this increasingly infamous substance? The National Institute on Drug Abuse defines “Spice,” as “a wide variety of herbal mixtures that produce experiences similar to marijuana (cannabis) and that are marketed as ‘safe,’ legal alternatives to that drug.” However, NIDA, law enforcement officials and doctors in the Metro Detroit area say the substance is anything but “safe.” Although Spice is commonly defined as “synthetic marijuana,” Dr. Sanford Vieder, director of Botsford Hospital's …
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
The owner of a Mobil station at 12 Mile and Orchard Lake says he learned the synthetic drug was still being sold after seeing a television news report about a planned protest.
- On WJBK-TV
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
The city manager, chief of police and County Commissioner Bill Dwyer say state legislation with stiffer penalties will be more effective than local ordinances.
While officials in a number of Oakland County communities, the City of Detroit and Macomb County have banned or are considering bans on the sale of the synthetic drug K2, Farmington Hills officials will instead consider a resolution supporting the passage of state and federal legislation. West Bloomfield Township, Royal Oak, Troy, Waterford Township and White Lake Township have either passed or are talking about bans. Hills city manager Steve Brock said Tuesday that a city ordinance won't do much to stop sale of the drug, which is known by many other names including "Spice". "It only makes it a misdemeanor," Brock said. "And if you ban it by name, the manufacturers will change the name the next day ... Let's just deal with it on a state …