The Government is providing a new tool for parents to learn about synthetic drugs.
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The new information is the result of several conferences with White House Drug Policy Director Kerlikowske and public health and safety officials.
The information kit includes a slidecast about synthetic drugs, a corresponding podcast and video and a printable guide “so parents can present details on what to look for, what the street names are and what the effects of these substances are to others in their community,” officials said in a release.
The kit is available at The Partnership at Drugfree.org.
“Synthetic drugs like Spice, K2, and ‘bath salts’ are a serious threat to the health and safety of young people throughout America,” Kerlikowske said in the statement.
The statement said synthetic drugs are often marketed as legal, and are sometimes labeled “herbal incense” or “bath salts” and sold in small pouches or packets over the Internet, in tobacco and smoke shops, drug paraphernalia shops, gas stations and convenience stores.
In December, the National Institute on Drug Abuse said one in nine high school seniors had used “Spice” or “K2” over the past year. That made synthetic marijuana the second most frequently used illicit drug, after marijuana, among high school seniors.