Parents: get informed about synthetic drugs

Jacksonville, Fla. -- As a new school year gets underway a warning from Florida's Attorney General: parents be informed about synthetic drugs.

Attorney General Pam Bondi was in Jacksonville meeting with law enforcement across the state on the changing landscape of synthetic drugs that are popular with young people and sold in convenience stores.

"If you smell it, it smells like cotton candy," said Bondi holding packaging of synthetic drugs masked by various flavors.

Bondi wants parents to arm themselves with information and to ask questions of their children. She says children too often are victims, not knowing what they are using.

"We had a girl, a little 14-year-old girl overdose because someone gave it to her and told her it would help her study on finals. It would help her concentrate. She sprinkled it on potato chips in a lunch room in front of other kids and went into violent seizures. She was one of the lucky ones because she survived," said Bondi.

The Attorney General says synthetic drugs are also taking liquid form which can be used in electronic cigarettes. Bondi says now they are working with manufacturers so changes can be made to make them tamper proof.

On the front lines she praised the work of law enforcement which is in a chest match with the bad guys. Bondi noted the Florida Lottery Commission is joining the fight vowing to pull machines from businesses that sell synthetic drugs.


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