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Clinton County acts against synthetic drugs

Synthetic drugs are sold under several names, including bath salts, K2, Spice and White Lightning.

Synthetic drugs are sold under several names, including bath salts, K2, Spice and White Lightning.

Legislators unanimously approved the law, though it must be filed with the Secretary of State to take effect.

Wiley’s office recently purchased synthetic drugs from one local business, while another that once sold them has since taken them off the shelves.

“One is a head shop and one is convenient store,” Wiley said.

The use of synthetic drugs is on the rise in Clinton County.

There is a big expense to taxpayers, Clinton County Sheriff Dave Favro said. People using the drugs are often sent to jail, and/or the hospital.

“The danger is we don’t fully understand them,” Favro said. “With synthetic drugs, any little change in the chemical composition can create a new health issue.”

He said people of all ages are using synthetic drugs.

“We are seeing a number of young adults affected, and a number of kids hospitalized,” Wiley said.

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