Iowa Couple Shares Story of K2 Horrors to Teach a Lesson

By Jill Kasparie, Reporter


By Jill Kasparie

MONTICELLO, Iowa - The Jones County Safe and Healthy Youth Coalition hosted an event Tuesday night to educate kids and parents about synthetic drugs.

More than a hundred people packed the room to hear a message from an Indianola couple. Mike and Jan Rozga's 18-year-old son, David, killed himself within about an hour of smoking K2 for the first time in 2010.

K2, also known as Spice, is a synthetic drug that mimics the effects of marijuana.

The couple said suicidal tendencies are a side effect of the drug. Now, they hope their message prevents another family from going through the same thing.

"It never occurs to you to talk to kids about things you don't know about," Mike Rozga said. "We live in a society today where things change so quickly that it's necessary for us as adults to talk to our kids and grandkids about things that we may not know about and that's a hard conversation to have."

A few kids who thought hearing David's story was tough said they'd never do K2 after Tuesday night’s presentation.

Parents also had an opportunity to look through a replica of a teen's bedroom for hidden drug paraphernalia.

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