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  1. Basoodler
    PRYOR — Fake drugs are a real problem in Mayes County

    Anyone can buy synthetic versions of various drugs at gas stations, convenience stores, novelty stores, and head shops. Most popular are synthetic marijuana, or “fake weed,” and party pills. The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics says manufacturers have flooded the market over the past few years with synthetic products that mimic actual street drugs.

    Synthetic marijuana is being packaged and sold as herbal and organic. The suggested use, according to the label, is incense or potpourri. Smoking this “fake weed,” produces a high quite similar to the real thing.

    It all started with K2, the original synthetic marijuana. K2, also called Spice, produces a high but comes with dangerous, often deadly side effects. The chemical compounds found in K2 can cause hallucinations, increased heart rate, seizures, anxiety, paranoia and death. K2, and all the brands following it, are sold by the gram or the ounce and marketed to teens. As laws and legislation are passed outlawing different strands of synthetic marijuana, developers reformulate, repackage and get around the laws.

    Party pills are another deadly trend. These pills are sold as copies of substances such as Adarol, Xanax, cocaine and Ecstasy. Party pills are as readily available as synthetic marijuana, and can easily be purchased online. Due to unreliable manufacturers, the side effects of these pills are dangerously unpredictable.

    The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics reports that many teenagers think these synthetic drugs are safe alternatives to street drugs, because they are sold legally in local convenience stores. Oklahoma Senate Bill 919 banned two classes of synthetic drugs, synthetic cannabinoids and synthetic cathinone. It outlaws approximately 250 different synthetic chemicals found in these fake drugs. Possession or sales of these products can result in felony charges and a prison term of up to 10 years.

    While these trends are seen on national news, locals say they are a problem right here in Mayes County.

    “It has become a huge problem in Mayes County,” says Lt. Alan Davis. “We have had a lot of medical runs because of these synthetic drugs. People have serious reactions to it.”

    The laws regarding these synthetic drugs are a little hazy. Davis explains why.

    “It’s not possible to say which brands are legal and which are not. The chemical compounds in these drugs are what have been made illegal,” said Davis. “These substances come from overseas and there is no regulation on what compounds are used in which ‘brands’ of synthetic drugs.”

    Essentially, there is no way of knowing what compound is in each drug as the manufacturers mix and match. Not only does this make the substances more dangerous, but it makes it harder to eradicate.

    “Any of these synthetic drugs are illegal if you buy or sell them with the intent to use them for consumption,” said Davis.

    Many people who use these synthetic drugs believe they will not get caught, as there is no field test that will determine if one of the illegal compounds is present. Davis said this is not the case.

    “There is no field test we can do to test for these compounds, however, if someone is caught with synthetic marijuana, for instance, I will seize it and send it in to be tested,” said Davis. “If the substance tests positive for one of the illegal compounds, I will issue a warrant for their arrest.”

    Local law enforcement says the problem has become so widespread, it is not just teenagers anymore. People assume that because something is more readily available that is both legal and safe.

    “People don’t seem to understand this stuff is deadly,” said Davis.

    Local officials say party pills are every bit as dangerous, but have not been as much of a problem as synthetic marijuana so far.

    Local medical professionals say the side effects of synthetic drugs are no laughing matter. With side effects ranging from hallucinations, anxiety, paranoia, and death, people are urged not to mistake “fake” for safe

    Staff Writer Cydney Baron


  1. SpatialReason
    This hits close to home for me... 0.0

    I feel the era of the gas station drug parlor is over. Oklahoma is starting to do something.
  2. nitehowler
    Better stock up i think and try these substances now cause they may never be available again.

    In years to come our children will say have you ever taken that stuff dad?

    And we will say yeah it was available at the tobacconist or i would grab a bag at the local servo when we got fuel.

  3. hookedonhelping
    Well gosh, maybe if we legalize the real deal marijuana (that we know isn't deadly).. nah, that would be too easy of a solution..
  4. Basoodler
    Judging by this timely reporting, I would guess they still run the "reefer madness " commercials.

    Its like they are in a media vacuum.. to the point that they have yet to coin the name "bath salts"
  5. hookedonhelping
    It's Oklahoma.. New Kids on the Block only recently became played out there.. they are a two decades behind in everything.
  6. kailey_elise
    I can't take this "news article" seriously.

    1. "Herbal incense" is often sold in head shops & porn stores - places that require you to be at least over 18, if not over 21, to access. Yes, it's also sold in gas stations, etc in some areas, but c'mon! I wouldn't say they're marketed towards teens, but towards adults who get drug tested & still wanna get high.

    2. "Adarol"??!? *REALLY*??!!!??! That's just fucking sad. (um, just in case...the correct brand name is "Adderall" & it's a medication that contains mixed amphetamine salts) If you can't even be bothered to make sure you're spelling the drug properly, how good is the other "research" in your article?

    3. I'm surprised she managed to spell "Xanax" properly...on the other hand, I haven't run across any prepackaged pill that's supposed to be a benzodiazepine substitute. That "Benzo Fury" one was actually a stimulant, if I recall correctly. And while phenazepam is readily available online, as I said, I haven't heard of it being available in pill form, ready for the poppin'.


  7. hookedonhelping
    Kaisley, i agree completely. Once I read adarol, I pictured a news reporter/editor with a pickem'up truck complete with a shotgun rack in the back yearning to get off work to go home to the sheep in the shack with a swollen colon. Too eager them types.. too eager to perform a simple spell checking before spewing news.
  8. Basoodler
    That is what makes interesting :). There are hundreds of articles about this subject.. but only one like this. Written 3 years too late and the subject matter is even behind what was written 3 years ago.

    I like irony :). And unintentional satire. This fell into both categories.. much like Michigan's media campaign against Pea!
  9. nitehowler
    These reporters must get paid a kick back for writing these articles cause every time i see an article like this i seem to think that it may become illegal or everybody is going to beat me to the shop and their will be none left.

    The police also seem to push me to panic buy and stock up.

    Ime sure the law enforcement superannuation schemes are tied in with these legal drugs - bath salts - spice cause the police are definitely giving the market lots of free advertising.
  10. Basoodler
    Bath salts are next drug threat

    The term "bath salts" takes on new meaning to teens today, and nothing to do with soaking in a tub. It's the street name for a powdery or crystal-like synthetic drug, under which users get amped up with a three- or four-hour euphoria. Preliminary research contends that bath salts could be more addictive than cocaine.

    Baths salts are sold in convenience stores and are labeled "not meant for human consumption," but teens ignore that. According to Investigator David Rochard of the James City County Police Department and Tri-Rivers Task Force, "The chemists are changing the ingredients and making these drugs faster than the law can make them illegal."

    Because the drug is new and the chemicals are ever-changing, it is extremely difficult to treat patients, said Dr. Eleanor Erwin, director of Emergency Medicine at Sentara Williamsburg Medical Center. Erwin, Rochard and others spoke recently at a drug awareness meeting at New Kent High School.
    "We don't have an antidote for the synthetic drugs," said Erwin. "Teens don't understand that when they come in, I might not have anything to help them."

    New Kent School Superintendent Rick Richardson warned the public at the meeting, "Students get suspended for 365 days or face expulsion."

    Teens should be aware that if they give someone bath salts and that person dies, they can be charged with manslaughter, said Criminal Justice planner Jack Fitzpatrick.
    Erwin cautioned that some teens who have no interest in conventional drugs or alcohol use bath salts to stay up and work on projects or to study for exams.

    Salts can be snorted, injected, smoked, mixed with food or drink, or even as an airborne mist. Some users gain a super strength that can lead to hurting themselves or others.

    Symptoms include extreme paranoia, psychotic episodes, rapid heartbeat, chest pain, confusion, high blood pressure, hyper-alertness, extreme anxiety and hallucinations. Tremors and seizures occur in worst cases.

    Many drugstores have taken salts off their shelves. They trade under enticing labels of Ambed, 99 mph, Monster, Snow Man, White Lightning, Kratom, White Lady, East Pink, Aura, Eclipse, Atomic and White Rapid.

    Rochard advised parents, "Talk to your kids about the dangers of using bath salts. Be sure to ask them what they have seen and what they know, because I bet they know a lot more than you think."
    Fitzpatrick encouraged parents to look in their teen's bedroom for the bright packaging, although sometimes they switch to generic containers to hide the salts.

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