Meth is now old school, as new drugs appear on market

June 8, 2012

These are not your father’s drugs. No way. The current crop of illegal substances on the market- oops in many jurisdictions they are still legal- have names like Spice, K2, purple wave or cloud nine. In the case of Spice and K-2, (which are forms of synthetic marijuana) they are sold off the shelf at many convenience stores. Purple wave and cloud name, brand names for bath salts can easily be ordered online. All cost between $5 and $50.

Move over marijuana, and cocaine, and meth- it’s a new day, and there’s an easier and more cost efficient way to get high. And in many areas it’s still legal. Meth labs are now passé- the high achieved from bath salts or synthetic marijuana is immediate and more hallucigenic. Just ask your sons and daughters. Chances are they are very aware of the new drugs.

That is why symposiusms like the one being sponsored by the 80th District Court at Mid Michigan Community College on June 14, are so important. In the ever-changing world it is so important for all of us to keep up with the latest trends, particularly when it comes to what our sons and daughters are ingesting.

Meth might be getting all the publicity today, but I guarantee you, bath salts and synthetic marijuana will be the talk of the future. In the Detroit area,  emergency meetings are taking place at a lot of municipalities to quickly ban these substances. Several high profile, violent crimes have been linked to the new drugs. For instance:

*Police say Tucker Cipriano and Mitchell Young, smoked Spice before they attacked Cipriano’s family with baseball bats April 16, killing his father and critically injuring his mother and brother, in Farmington Hills.

*Jonathon Hoffman, tested positive for Spice on May 18, the day police say his grandmother shot and killed him in West Bloomfield, because she feared for her life.

This is just Oakland County. Violent crimes attributed to synthetic marijuana and bath salts are occurring at a rapid rate all over the country.

Synthetic marijuana is usually sold in packets with names like Legal Devil, the Presidential, LOL or Scooby Snax. It comes in all kinds of flavors including Grape, Mango and Watermelon. The products are made of plant material and sprayed with chemicals much like THC, the active ingredient in marijuana. Many of the bath salts and synthetic marijuana products are imported from China.

Michigan actually passed legislation in 2010 banning seven substances frequently used in synthetic marijuana. That ban did very little because manufacturers simply change the chemicals. In other words, those making the products stay one step ahead of the law.

The 80th District Court symposium will run from 5:30 to 9 p.m. It will feature several speakers including Mark Uribe, the Bay Area Narcotics Enforcement Team Director; and Judge Davis of the 41st District Court, who heads Families Against Narcotics.

If you want to protect your children from the latest influx of new drugs, it might be wise to set aside the night of June 14. Substance abuse is the greatest problem family’s face today and education is probably is the best way to defeat it. This symposium offers you the opportunity to learn and hopefully help to eradicate these horrible drugs from our community.

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