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Officers and deputies know the force of it.

But sometimes, they can not tell how to recognize it.

Ask any officer that has struggled with a suspect under the influence of synthetic drugs, and they will tell you, they had to fight off super-human strength from an often much smaller combatant.

But recognizing these substances in a plastic bag is a lot more difficult.

Police in San Bernardino got a thorough lesson in the differences of synthetic drugs from spice and k2 marijuana-type products, and bath salts, a more PCP like compound.

The Inland Daily Bulletin was there, as experts showed the officers the compounds, packaging, and explained the effects of the drugs.

It’s a good article for parents to read to understand how potentially lethal products, packaged in very child-attracting ways, are being consumed by kids across America.

While synthetics are very popular in some parts of the country, other areas have been slow to see their arrival.

Numerous states have issued bans on the substances, and the federal government also issued emergency blocks on the major chemical compounds, but the truth is that amateur scientists are creating these substances daily.

Myteensavers reminds parents to talk to your kids about drugs. While there are lunch fruit snacks called Scooby Snacks that are a legitimate product, there is a synthetic compound marketed as Scooby Snax.

The packaging is typically labeled “not for human consumption” but that’s not only a disclaimer for the manufacturers, but it’s a red flag for people wanting to get high from these compounds.

Bath salts became a common terminology after the so-called Causeway Cannibal attack in Miami.

And despite the toxicology report finding no evidence of bath salts, the preliminary reports linking the attack and the substance proved to instill fear into Americans.

Perhaps the myth of that attack being caused by bath salts is making a difference.

An article today in the Huffington Post indicates that bath salt related emergencies are down.

While the manufactured narcotic can still be found in stores, many shop keepers have adhered to the law and discontinued selling them.

Of course like any drug, a ban will only go so far to reduce the use of the substance.

Ridding America of drugs requires the users to quit.

Cartels wouldn’t be importing tons of cocaine, marijuana, heroin, and methamphetamine into this country, if there weren’t people lined up to buy it.

But it is good to see that people are getting the message of the dangers of bath salts. Interesting read and one we recommend to parents.

Action News Undercover.

Synthetics are clearly marked “not for human consumption,” yet when the newsperson asks the clerk how to ignite the product, the clerk details a list of items that would be used to smoke the product.

This is the undercover work of WBMG. Click here to see their story.

It shows you that despite local bans, state bans, and now even a federal ban, buying synthetic drugs is still very simple. Store owners and clerks either are uninformed about the new laws, or choose to ignore the laws put in place to remove these things.

New York’s Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman, is taking aim at head shop owners who mislabel bath salts and other synthetic drugs.

The full story can be found in the Democrat and Chronicle by clicking HERE.



Despite the massive attempts to clamp down on the manufacturing and sales of synthetic marijuana, the product continue to thrive, and many Americans, including an explosion of teens are using it regularly.


Now the European Union says that these product are being created weekly, with 4 new variations hitting the streets per month.

The Lisbon-based European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) said 49 new “psychoactive” substances were officially notified for the first time in 2011 through an EU early-warning system.

This is an increase from 2010, where 41 substances hit the market, and 2009 where 24 new variations surfaced.

“This represents the largest number of substances ever reported in a single year, up from 41 substances reported in 2010 and 24 reported in 2009,” said the agency.

The largest group – 23 – were synthetic laboratory-designed substances that imitate the effects of cannabis, such as products marketed as “Spice”, and a further eight that imitate the effects of amphetamine and ecstasy, such as mephedrone.

What we are also seeing are new designer medicines which are created to mimic the effects of popular medications by slightly altering their chemical compounds.

The report also says that more than 700 websites are selling these products.

These products are sold at traditional American brick and mortar locations like gas stations, convenience stores, and tobacco shops. The products are described as being in many forms, including plant food, incense, and other common household products like bath salts.

There is a warning on the labels “not meant for human consumption” but that warning can often be the indicator to kids that this is the junk that will get them high.

Parents need to be vigilant for this. Current home drug testing approved by the FDA for over the counter use does not detect these products. Any other tests that have been approved by the FDA for sale, are forensic only products. Beware of anyone trying to sell you a synthetic marijuana test at this point, as testing has concluded that these are highly unreliable.

The Government is providing a new tool for parents to learn about synthetic drugs.


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.

Most people are unaware of all of the drug related stories pertaining to our youth that arise every day. Part of what we do here on the blog is filter all of that information, so that people get a proper understanding of what goes on in communities across America.

Very few people know what goes on in their own communities. Sometimes they just don’t pay enough attention, and sometimes a story is swept underneath the carpet, because people don’t want a certain community to be overshadowed by bad news.

Publicizing drug information from around the world can help parents understand what teens are willing to try when it comes to drugs, and what they are willing to do to obtain that narcotic. We’ve published stories of kids and adults doing stupid things to acquire their drug of choice. We’ve also published articles on the stupid criminal acts kids and people will do to get money to pay for their high. And most importantly, we have shown you the life-threatening things kids and adults will do to not only get high, but to pass a drug test. The most recent shocker was that kids were drinking bleach to fool drug tests.

The story that made my jaw drop today comes from the tricities.com website. Head shop owners are suing, hoping to overturn a ban on the sale of synthetic substances. After all, they want the good people in Kingsport, TN to have those bath salts for the most relaxing soak ever.

These substances are killers. These sellers know it. But they are making a fortune on them. So now when the government does something good to help eliminate these lethal products, these business people take a stand to fight the move.

Check out this chunk of unbelieveability from Tricities.com:

Todd Cartwright opened the White Cloud Emporium at 10 a.m. He still sells products like “Zombie Killa,” “Jungle Juice,” and “White Widow” despite the ban on synthetic drugs.

“[The new law] doesn’t tell us what’s illegal,” said Cartwright. “When we asked the mayor, what’s illegal, or what is legal, he told us whatever we deem is illegal is illegal.’”

Cartwright and Ultimate Smoke Owner Jason Catoe filed a complaint against the ban in chancery court Monday night.

The complainants seek injunctive relief and damages for alleged violations to the U.S. and Tennessee constitutions. Cartwright says the synthetic drug ban is too broad and violates their right to due process.

“If the State of Tennessee comes out with another 5,000 chemicals that we can’t carry,” said Cartwright, “then we won’t carry those 5,000 chemicals.”

How much is the almighty dollar worth? How much profit can you turn with these products? Apparently, it’s a ton. To claim that you aren’t exactly sure what substances are being banned and what chemical combinations are illegal seems a little too foolish.

The makers of these products alter the chemical compositions to skirt the bans placed by the federal government. If you can’t have chemicals A-B-C together, then they modify it and make a product with A-B-D. When that fails, they move on to A-B-E. Ultimately, the government will need to outlaw any combination of chemicals A-Z, to stop the production of these substances.

Users continue to buy them, and they continue to stockpile them, knowing that one day these products will be off store shelves. Sadly, store owners will continue to sell them, until they are severely prosecuted. As the article mentions, sellers would only face a $50 fine for selling them. That’s probably less than a full day’s profits.

If you are unaware of what bath salts are, or how they can kill kids, you can search for them in our blog. I also recommend a blog from a mom who has lived and fought addiction through her son. A longtime heroin addict, her son now says bath salts is his latest fix, and it is the scariest substance ever.

Her name is Barbara. She is very honest and speaks from the heart. Her blog is Parentofheroinaddict.blogspot.com. Please visit it.

Before marijuana legalization activists go batty, let’s preface this conversation with the fact that his discussion is about children using drugs.   We are not talking about 18-year-old adults.   We are talking about our kids.  


The New York Times offered up to debate the topic of which drug is least harmful for children.   You can read it by clicking HERE. The researcher, Professor Robert Gable, can be commended for his quest to discover the facts about the substances in our society.  

First, while Professor Gable was research ecstasy, marijuana, cocaine, heroin, codeine, LSD, and alcohol, new product hit the streets, like bath salts.

But let’s stick to the substances that he did measure.   Putting out research that states that marijuana is safer for kids than alcohol and other drugs, arms kids with this faux knowledge that pot is just fine.

Just hours after the professor’s research hit the internet, numerous articles surfaced about legalizing marijuana, and the harmlessness of it when it comes to children.  

We need to remember that children’s brains aren’t fully developed.    A 12-year-old smoking marijuana is causing irreparable damage to their brain.   If an adult wants to smoke pot, that’s their right.   But when it comes to kids, parents need to be vigilant. 



Teens looking for a high, can already access drugs from a nearby street corner.    It doesn’t matter which neighborhood.  Drugs are everywhere.    But now products manufactured for one purpose, are being misused as drugs.   First there was synthetic marijuana.   The DEA is finally cracking down on the 5 key components that make up Spice, K2, and other products used as a pot substitute.

Now a new product that has caused chaos and deaths in Great Britain, is hitting store shelves in America.   Teens are buying bath salts under the name Ivory Wave, and using it as a synthetic cocaine.   Fox2 in St. Louis did a piece on this craze.  You can see it here.

The key marking on this packaging as well as Spice and K2 is “Not for human consumption.”     This does not dissuade teens from trying these products.   In fact, these products are easier to obtain.   Kids can walk into headshops and get the synthetic marijuana products.     If you  have concerns about these products, contact myteensavers by clicking here.

Watch Fox2’s report: