Hutchinson Teen Nearly Dies From Potpourri

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email

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Friday, March 18, 2011

"It was just from a little bit and that's what happened, I almost died," said the 15-year-old from Hutchinson. "I don't have very many friends and I kinda want to make friends, so I kind of just go along with anything. And yesterday was the wrong thing to go along with."

Two other teens left him after he fell to the ground. Some neighbors called police and then tried to help the teen.

"I'm just glad somebody found him. That somebody was kind enough to stop and get help and help him in any way they could," said the 15-year-old's mother. "If it wasn't for that person then who knows."

House Bill 2049 was passed in the Senate on Thursday. The bill uses a more general approach to banning these synthetic drugs. This would prevent manufacturers from simply moving from scheduled compounds to uncontrolled ones.

"We have nothing to try to stop it and this House Bill will help us do that. Stop it and get it off the street before someone or more people get critically hurt," said Detective Scott Carlton of the Hutchinson Police.

Last year, lawmakers passed a bill banning a list of synthetic cannabinoids . Like last year, only one senator rejected it.

"Many more important issues that we should be addressing during legislative session, rather than just kicking the can further down the road to try and make these relatively innocuous substances that people self prescribe," said Senator David Haley, a Democrat from Kansas City.

The 15-year-old said he has learned his lesson and wishes this was just a dream.

"What happened to me was the most scary, bizarre, unreal thing. I don't think anybody should and would want to go through that."


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