Synthetic Drugs Finally Targeted by Police
Bath salts and synthetic marijuana, two drugs that take advantage of loopholes in drug laws, are being targeted by police in Georgia and other places as they continue to increase in popularity. The drugs, specifically formulated to get around drug laws, are technically legal but produce similar effects in the human body as ecstasy and marijuana. Both drugs often have very unpredictable effects, due to the sometimes unknown ingredients and their manufacturing processes in China. Both drugs are comparably cheap, selling for $10 to $25 per packet.
Up to now, police have been unable to target shops that sell the drugs, because, technically, the drugs are actually legal. However, in an effort to combat the harmful effects of the synthetic drugs, the Georgia Pharmacy Board recently issued an emergency order allowing law enforcement officers to target the drugs. Police are empowered to seize bath salts and synthetic marijuana, but not to charge the dealers with criminal offenses. Gwinnett County Police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith said, “We’re going to seize it again and again every time we can, because it’s dangerous.” Synthetic versions of both drugs are potentially even more dangerous than the natural counterparts, and even though they’re technically legal, they should be avoided.
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