Linn Creek officials discuss synthetic drugs

Linn Creek, Mo. —

More than 40 lake-area residents attended Wednesday night’s town hall meeting to discuss synthetic drugs and “bath salts” in Linn Creek.

The Linn Creek Police Department presented a town meeting awareness program at the Camden County Museum. More than 40 concerned citizens attended the event.

Linn Creek Police Department Detective, Chris Twitchel explained what exactly designer drugs, such as K2 incense, is. He said the drugs are synthetic stimulants that are marketed as bath salts and are often found in a number of retail products.

“China and India are believed to be the origin of these chemicals,” he said. “It’s sold in powder form in plastic or foil packages of 200-500 milligrams under a variety of brand names. Street names include: Bliss, Blue Silk, Cloud Nine, Drone, Energy-1, Ivory Wave, Lunar Wave, Meow Meow, Molly (found being used in the Lake area), Ocean Burst, Purple Ivory, Purple Wave, Red Dove, Snow Leopard, Stardust, Vanilla Sky, White Dove, White Knight and White Lightning.”

Twitchel said the drugs are taken in a myriad of ways, including snorting, shooting or by mixing them with food and drink.

Thirty-three states in the U.S. have reported instances in regard to the synthetic stimulant. Currently, there is no federal law prohibiting the sale of these so-called “bath salts.” It’s a legal-get-high substance. A few states are beginning to ban the newly-popular amphetamine. Missouri HB 641 is presently on the governor’s desk awaiting his signature.

Bath salts are legal when labeled: “not for human consumption, not for sale to minors, not to be sold to persons less than 18 years, in case of consumption contact doctor immediately”

K2 incense or spice is a mixture of herbs and spices that are sprayed with a synthetic compound chemically similar to THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. It’s often marketed as incense or “fake weed”. The only known fact is it can have dangerous results if ingested. Street names include: Bliss, Black Mamba, Bombay Blue, Genie, Spice, Zohai, Blue Kush, and Bocomo Blue. K2 incense is usually sold in small, silvery plastic bags. Its appearance is that of dried leaves and it is marketed as incense and resembles potpourri. K2 incense products are usually smoked in joints or pipes, or made into a drinkable tea.

Twitchel said “We must be accountable. Individuals need to take time to pay attention to the problem. Education is the key to prevention.” Financial gain is the motivation for local convenience stores, pipe shops, and on line sites to continue to make these products available.

Authorities at the meeting encouraged members of the public to contact their state legislators. For more information, contact Christopher Twitchel by phone at 573-346-6200 or through email to lcpd866@gmail.com.

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