A luncheon meeting of the Ray County Coalition this week focused on use of synthetic drugs. Click to hear KMZU’s Marie King speak to Tri-County Mental Health Services Manager of Prevention Services Vicky Ward:
They’re often called “N-Bombs” or “Smiles”. They look and act like LSD and have been linked to deaths in several states across the nation. Ward said they’re both dangerous and growing in popularity. “This is one we’re looking at right now,” said Ward,” It’s a synthetic drug that has a derivative from mescaline. We are seeing overdoses from this.”
According to Ward, steps are being taken in an effort to gain some control over synthetic drug use. “Most of those are still illegal under our current laws,” said Ward,” However, a few of them are what we call third generation compounds that may not test positive. Our legislative session just started and they are working on an amendment. The drug labs are giving them some of that language so that it would cover some of those third generation compounds.”
Ward went on to say Ray County is leading the way in a number of preventive drug measures. “We were first in the state to pass a number of ordinances,” said Ward,” With Danielle Rogers we are now looking at passing the first county ordinance that would provide a zoning regulation on any marijuana dispensaries should the drug ever be decriminalized here. I think that speaks volumes of the passion that many of the Ray County people have and certainly some of the community leaders.”
Ward says open communication with children and establishing high standards are key to preventing drug use. Anyone with concerns is encouraged to contact the Coalition or Tri-County Mental Health Services at 816-877-0401.