WILLIAMSON — Synthetic marijuana has become a growing epidemic in Mingo County recently, having resulted in several overdoses within the last few weeks.
Sheriff James Smith of the Mingo County Sheriff’s Department (MCSD) is trying to work with all police agencies in the county and with the U.S. 119 Drug Task Force to come up with a solution to the synthetic marijuana problem that the community is suffering from. Sheriff Smith is planning to meet with the Pike County Sheriff Rodney Scott to discuss the problem with him and to see how they can work together to put a stop to the problem.
“It is important that we, as police officers, work together, no matter what agency we work for, to fight this problem,” said Smith. “We need the community to pull together and fight with us as a whole so that we can win this war.”
Smith says it is his mission to get out there to educate the public on the dangers of synthetic drugs and the harm it is capable of doing.
“Synthetic marijuana is a designer drug in which herbs, incense or other leafy materials are sprayed with lab-synthesized liquid chemicals to mimic the effect of THC, which is in real marijuana,” stated Smith. “This drug can effect you immediately. Some of the side effects of synthetic marijuana include high blood pressure, muscle spasm, severe anxiety, intense hallucinations and psychotic episodes, but most of all death.”
“I urge people not to use this drug and if you are on it, please seek help for yourself and your family,” added Smith.
In anyone has information they can make anonymous tips by calling the MCSD at 304-235-0300.
Cindy Moore is a reporter for the Williamson Daily News. To contact Cindy by phone please call 304-235-4242 ext. 2278 or by email at [email protected].