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Local students led synthetic drug campaign

State ban followed area effort

Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School senior Hannah Bender helped lead a campaign by students to ban synthetic marijuana in New York State.

Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School senior Hannah Bender helped lead a campaign by students to ban synthetic marijuana in New York State. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— MacDevitt said evidence shows the ban is working.

“The reported number of adverse reactions has slowed to a trickle,” he said. “The Elizabethtown hospital hasn’t seen anyone in two months.”

Use of the synthetic marijuana can cause agitation, anxiety, nausea, vomiting, rapid heart beat, elevated blood pressure, tremors, seizures, hallucinations and paranoid behavior, according to Office of National Drug Control Policy.

The Prevention Team is a non-profit agency providing education and prevention services for Essex County. It has educators and counselors in Elizabethtown-Lewis, Crown Point, Ticonderoga, Moriah, Minerva, Newcomb, Westport, Willsboro and Lake Placid schools.

October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month. The Prevention Team has no special events planned for National Substance Abuse Prevention Month, although it will observe Above the Influence Day on Oct. 18 and Red Ribbon Week Oct. 23-31. Red Ribbon Week honors the memory of Enrique (Kiki) Camarena, a federal agent killed by Mexican drug dealers in 1985.

Keith Lobdell contributed to this report.

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