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Two in Edmond hospitalized after using synthetic drugs

Two people have overdosed on synthetic drugs in Edmond. A new law pertaining to synthetic drugs goes into effect Nov. 1.
by Diana Baldwin Published: October 10, 2012
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Beard was cited on municipal charges of resisting an officer, public intoxication and possession of marijuana.

The laws dealing with synthetic drugs will become tougher on Nov. 1 when a state law mimicking the federal law goes into effect.

The law makes synthetic drugs illegal regardless of what additional chemicals are added, said Edmond detective Greg Hunt.

Police are warning people about taking synthetic drugs such as K2, Spice and Potpourri, a chemical that is sprayed onto a leafy substance and smoked. Other synthetic drugs are Molly and Smiles, which are in the form of a white powder and may look like table salt crystals.

“These drugs are causing convulsions, strange verbal altercations and overheating the brain and extremely irrational behavior,” Monroe said.

The synthetic drugs are purchased online and in head shops and smoke shops.

No synthetic drugs were found at Edmond tobacco shops when officers recently investigated, Hunt said.

“These synthetic drugs are dangerous,” Hunt said. “The reaction is not as quick, but the effect is longer.”

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by Diana Baldwin
Sr. Reporter
Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976 and came to The Oklahoman in 1991. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote...
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