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Police Warn Students About Synthetic Drug Dangers

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by Aundrea Cline-Thomas

GALLATIN, Tenn. - The Gallatin Police Department said it's changing what they teach students about drugs.

Their drug prevention presentations will be focused synthetic marijuana.

K2, spice and bath salts may not look dangerous, but officers said they know the consequences all too well. They're synthetic drugs that have been chemically enhanced to create an intense high.

"They're just drugs that people are making in their sheds and their garages to emulate what marijuana is," Officer Dustin Mesler said. "I've done one case when I was an investigator. Kid used K2 and he's not here any longer."

Officer Mesler said he's hoping to inform students at Gallatin High School about the dangers, during a time in their lives when experimentation can be common.

"Mostly at this school people do tobacco and weed," one student said.

However, like most communities, synthetic drugs are also prevalent and possibly easier to get than more well known substances.

"My VICE guys...They've seen and dealt with it more," Officer Mesler said.

Mesler said he's hoping to get through to students giving them the facts before they're forced to make a choice.

"You have the friends who always want you to try different things and you don't know (anything) about it," said 11th grader Nyamuoch Tongic. "But you come into this class you learn a lot more. You'll be educated."

"I have dreams of going to college, being a doctor but I don't see why anyone could really do this," said 11th grader Sergio Ramirez.

Police said to spot synthetic drugs look for disclaimers on the packaging which say "contains no banned substances" or "For 18 years old and up."


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