Synthetic drugs a problem among young people

(WLNS) – They may not be the most popular or well-known drug, but synthetic drugs continue to be seen in the area.

They have one particular target demographic, young people.

“Generally when we see problems with synthetic drugs it’s with individuals that are younger in age,” said Lt. Steve Gonzales, East Lansing Police Department.

Some of the effects of synthetic drugs like Molly, Ecstasy and now Flakka are hallucinations, hyperactivity and even overheating.

When that’s the case users have been known to drink so much water to cool their body down that they nearly die.

“We’ve had situations where people have consumed so much water that they go into a state that they need to go into the hospital to balance out their electrolytes,” said Gonzales.

The Jackson Narcotics Enforcement Team says the prevalence of synthetic drugs pales in comparison to Meth and Heroin, which have a much wider target demographic.

A J-NET spokesperson who requested to be anonymous says a synthetic drug bust hasn’t happened in over a year.

While just recently two meth labs were found in the city of Jackson.

“We had an active lab last week here in the city and besides the active labs we’re finding a lot of dump sites and cleanups,” said a J-Net spokesperson.

East Lansing Police say the fact that the city is home to a university could play a role in the higher rate of synthetic drug use.

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