(Des Moines) The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency has announced a huge synthetic drug bust, issuing 150-arrest warrants across the country, and seizing bank accounts in 35-states.
Dale Woolery of the Governor’s Office of Drug Control Policy says this sting, along with other efforts to “rid” the shelves of the synthetics are working to “some” extent.
“One of the things we keep hearing from law enforcement and substance abuse treatment folks is that synthetic drugs have not gone away so even if you are not seeing them they are still out there,” stated Woolery.
He says what investigators are finding, is that the synthetic drug trade is a large, complex international “web.” The bulk product comes from a handful of countries; it’s shipped to a secondary country, and then treated with chemicals, before ending up on the streets.
The D-E-A says the drugs often marketed as herbal incense or other seemingly innocuous products, are marketing to teenagers and young adults. Use of synthetic drugs has led to increases in emergency room visits around the country and routinely leads to dangerous psychosis, including suicidal tendencies.
Iowa Radio Network
June 28, 2013