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City vs. synthetic drugs

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 13th, 2013

BUCKHANNON — The conversation of synthetic drugs (a.k.a. bath salts, K2, Spice, etc.) was at the forefront of discussions again during the Buckhannon City Council meeting Thursday night.

Speaking to the council about of the dangers of bath salts were Elizabeth Shahan, executive director at Harrison County Family Resource Network, and Del. Bill Hamilton, R-Upshur.

Synthetic marijuana and bath salt products are often sold in legal retail outlets as ‘herbal incense’ and ‘plant food,’ respectively, according to the Office of the National Drug Control Policy. They are labeled ‘not for human consumption’ to mask their intended purpose and to avoid Food and Drug Administration regulatory oversight of the manufacturing process.

“One major issue we face about bath salts are that kids think it’s safe because it is sold in retail stores,” Shahan said. “They are told that it is a legal high or a ‘safe’ high, and that simply isn’t the case.”

For the complete article see the 02-11-2013 issue.

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