Local campaign to highlight dangers of synthetic marijuana

Published: Apr. 17, 2012 at 2:22 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 24, 2012 at 2:23 PM CDT
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OWENSBORO, KY (WFIE) - The Daviess County Agency for Substance Abuse Policy, Community Solutions for Substance Abuse, and the Alliance for a Drug-Free Owensboro/Daviess County have partnered to launch an educational campaign to warn citizens, especially parents, about the dangers of synthetic drugs such as K2 and  Spice.

These synthetic drugs are a mixture of herbs and spices sprayed with a synthetic compound similar to THC, the psychoactive ingredients in marijuana. Effects of use can include seizures, short term memory loss, increased heart rate, and psychosis.

A press event will announce the launch of the campaign with the release to the public of a 20 minute DVD on the dangers of synthetic drugs featuring Sgt. Jeff Roby, Owensboro Police Department, Debbie Poole, Owensboro Medical Health System, and Jeff Jones, Daviess County Coroner. Moderating the video is Al Mattingly, Daviess County Judge Executive and Ron Payne, Mayor of the City of Owensboro.  Along with the dvd, a brochure for parents and those who work with teens and young adults will be made available.

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