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Bronx woman hooked on K2 arrested for killing her five-month-old son
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A 30-year-old woman from the Bronx was arrested on June 12, 2018, for allegedly killing her five-month-old son by throwing him against a wall. Joann McLeod is facing murder charges after she admitted to hurling her infant son Raymond Profil at a wall, authorities said. According to McLeod’s family members, she is an abusive drug user whose three older children aged 13, 11 and eight were previously taken away by the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS).

The police found the lifeless baby in his crib in the accused’s apartment in the Soundview neighborhood of New York City on June 4. The baby was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead. McLeod is currently awaiting an arraignment on murder charges.

McLeod’s husband Raymond Porfil Sr. said that his wife suffered from bipolar disorder and would smoke K2 all the time behind his back, and neglected the children. According to a criminal court complaint, McLeod had even delayed getting medical assistance for her baby because she was afraid of going to prison. Even Porfil was addicted to heroin, and went to a rehab center a year ago. “I was using heroin and I had to go to a program to get myself straight,” he told the Daily News over phone from his Bronx treatment center.

Dealing with substance abuse or drug addiction has always been a daunting task. Moreover, things get complicated if someone is also struggling with mental problems like depression and bipolar disorders. One should must understand that addiction is a disease that alters the brain functions in long-lasting ways, hijacking the natural motivational control circuits. Though the initial decision to use drugs might be voluntary, changes in the brain structure due to repeated use can cause an intense urge for the substance. Experts attribute the inability to refrain from drug use to these changes in the brain.

What is K2?

K2 or Spice, also known as synthetic marijuana, is usually available in the form of dried, shredded plant materials, sprayed with chemical additives to induce mind-altering effects. Generally, high school students and young adults prefer K2 due to economic reasons as well as ease of availability. Symptoms of K2 abuse may differ from user to user with extended use paving the path for dependence.

Moreover, there is a misconception that K2 is a safer alternative to marijuana. In reality, it is designed to mimic the effects of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the primary psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. Research suggests that the chemicals synthesized for the production of K2 could be deadlier than THC and can have deadly outcomes.

Addiction to K2 is treatable

As K2 is a fairly new phenomenon in the drug market, little information is available on the long-term effects of the drug. However, it is known to induce effects similar to marijuana abuse, such as elevated mood swings and altered perception of reality, in addition to anxiety, paranoia, and hallucinations. Other adverse effects attributed to abuse of K2 include aggressive behavior, extreme sweating, high blood pressure, kidney damage and seizures.

If you know someone suffering from K2 addiction, contact Sovereign Health to seek treatment and counseling. Our K2 addiction treatment includes a combination of residential detox and various alternative therapies, and counseling sessions. We also impart necessary life skills to help patients adapt to a normal life after the completion of treatment. Call our 24/7 helpline or chat online with our counselor to know more about our K2 addiction treatment centers spread across the U.S.

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