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Friday, July 27, 2012

Nationwide Crackdown On The Synthetic Drug Industry

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The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) this week announced the results of their nationwide crackdown on the synthetic drug industry. This joint effort between the DEA and other federal (including the Internal Revenue Service) and local agencies is called Operation Logjam and it was carried out in more than 90 cities across 30 states.

Highlights of this carefully executed operation include:
  • More than 90 people were arrested
  • $36 million in cash was seized
  • 4.8 million packets of synthetic cannabinoids were confiscated
  • Material to make 13.6 million more packages of synthetic cannabinoids
  • 167,000 packages of bath salts, synthetic hallucinogens
  • Materials to manufacture 392,000 more packets of bath salts
  • 53 weapons and $6 million in assets (non-cash) were also seized
DEA Administrator Michelle M. Leonhart held a news conference on July 26, 2012. NBC News reported:
Synthetic drugs, some known as bath salts, K-2, Spice and Vanilla Sky, have been deceptively marketed to young people, causing health problems and even death, Leonhart said. "What's troubling is they're marketing to young people, young people have an outlet at these smoke shops, these retail outlets," she said. Many of the drugs have a disclaimer warning against human consumption, but Leonhart said that's just a way to cover up the danger they pose. "So little know about these substances, because of the dangers, you've seen the headlines, people who have committed murders, suicide, those calls to poison control."
Here is an NBC News video of Erika Edwards' report covering the story: Crackdown on Synthetic Drugs.

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If you are having trouble viewing the video you can see it here

This is a good time to talk to your teenage and young adult children about the dangers of drugs, including synthetic designer drugs. It is a good time to discuss the disease of addiction and finding recovery.
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