Police conducted search warrants at six locations in St. Joseph County suspected of selling synthetic drugs Monday afternoon, June 9.
Synthetic marijuana abuse remains a topic of increasing concern in the community. In Elkhart County organizations like Faith Mission have been fighting what program director Dan Browning calls an epidemic at the shelter.
Families have also dealt with the effects of the drug’s abuse.
The Drug Enforcement Agency defines synthetic marijuana, also known as Spice or K2, as a mixture of herbs and spices that are typically sprayed with a synthetic compound similar to marijuana’s ingredient THC.
Synthetic marijuana is known to have similar psychological effects to those of marijuana, like paranoia, panic attacks and giddiness.
Physiological effects include increased heart rate and increase of blood pressure. The DEA reports that synthetic marijuana is stored in the body for long periods of time, so the long-term effects of these drugs are not fully known.
Indiana legislators banned synthetic drugs in 2011 and continue to ban compounds that are used in the making of the drugs.
•Do you think synthetic marijuana is affecting Elkhart County? In what way?
Here is a list of previous stories written about synthetic drugs:
•Faith Mission fighting synthetic marijuana epidemic
•A family hurt by drug abuse starts to heal
•Synthetic marijuana sends 13-year-old boy to hospital after hallucinations
•Nearly 120 people overdose in Texas on synthetic marijuana over 5-day period