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March 12, 2014

APD issues alert over new synthetic drugs

ASHLAND —  The Ashland Police Department is warning the public about “dangerous, intoxicating” synthetic drugs its officers have been encountering.

The substances are sold as aromatherapy products and used as a substite for marijuana, the APD said. One of the names the products are sold under is “Fatal Attraction.”

According to the APD, officers recently have encountered who were “dangerously intoxicated” as a result of using the products, and that smoking them causes “dangerous mental and physical behavior.

“Even though the packaging clearly indicates that the substance is not for human consumption, citizens are disregarding that warning,” the APD said in a news release.

Synthetic marijuana is generally produced by lacing common household herbs with chemicals, and, according to the APD, the reactions produced by those chemicals can vary widely from person to person.

In addition to marijuana, the products can produce physical and mental effects that mimic those of cocaine, methamphetamine and Xanax, the APD said.

Symptoms that may be exhibited by people under the influence of the substances may include becoming unconscious while driving “violent and tumultuous” physical displays, strange behavior never observed in the past and medical conditions that require emergency treatment, the APD said.

While some may assume the products are legal, the fact is, in Kentucky, they aren’t, according to the APD. Under Kentucky law, possession of synthetic drugs is a Class B misdemeanor punishable by up to 30 days in jail. Being under the influence of synthetics also against the law.

The products are being sold in the Tri-State with locations in Ohio being the focus of law enforcement agencies, the APD said.

KENNETH HART can be reached at khart@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2654.

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