Today in Wisconsin, State Senator Bob Jauch and Representative Janet Bewley will join a group of community leaders that include local law enforcement to debate bi-partisan legislation that would strengthen state laws prohibiting synthetic drugs which are retailed as “synthetic marijuana” with product names such as “Spice,” “K2,” “No More Mr. Nice Guy,” and hundreds more.
Wisconsin lawmakers have been working with Attorney General Van Hollen, legislators Senator Sheila Harsdorf and Representative Gary Bies with the intention of strengthening state statutes regarding synthetic drugs and providing law enforcement and prosecutors the necessary implements to effectively take legal action toward the sales of these products.
Although the state legislature approved legislation that made it illegal to possess, manufacture, distribute or retail synthetic drugs, the drug’s designers continue to manipulate the chemical compound’s making it difficult to prosecute cases.
The legislators that are attempting to tighten the proverbial reins in respect to the current laws regarding these harmful chemicals proclaim that they’re assured that the improved statutes will be welcomed by citizens, local officials, health care workers, law enforcement and prosecutors who’ve shown their frustrations concerning the retailing of the treacherous chemicals in their communities.
The toxic concoctions in question are very different from natural marijuana and contain potent chemicals known as cannabimimetics which can cause hazardous health effects.
These synthetic drugs are designed explicitly to be abused. As with several other illegal drugs, these synthetic lawn clippings aren’t tested for safety, and users of the product don’t really know exactly what chemicals they’re consuming.
These particular products can be extremely dangerous and addictive. Health effects from the drug have the potential to be life-threatening and can include severe agitation and anxiety, racing heartbeat and higher blood pressure, nausea, vomiting, muscle spasms, seizures, tremors, intense hallucinations and psychotic episodes, not to mention experiencing suicidal and other harmful thoughts and/or actions.
The harmful effects from these toxic products first came to light in the United States back in 2009. Since then, these dangerous drugs have spread throughout the country with poison centers receiving 5,228 calls about exposures to these drugs in 2012 alone.
Becoming actively involved on a grass roots level and helping raise awareness regarding the potential dangers of synthetic drugs could save someone’s life. Be the change and educate your community.