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New Trends In Drugs

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Each generation seems to have its drug of choice -- a problem for parents trying to protect their children who may not recognize the substances or new names for them. News 3 spoke with Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics agents today about the latest trends.

The top trend in drugs is synthetic marijuana masquerading as incense and bath salts that can be snorted or smoked. Agent Gene Harley says the best way to tell the difference between the harmless stuff and the dangerous is the packaging, "Typically these packages are going to be plastic packages about so big. They're typically going to be some type of bright color. They'll typically have the name on the front of it - whatever it is - for example, Spice, K-2, Crazy Clown. Some of them may have cartoon characters on there, and you'll see that more often than not they always say incense, and there will typically be some type of wording that says not for human consumption, not to be used as a drug, etc." All forms of the synthetic drugs are illegal. CNT works with local stores to keep it off the shelves, but another synthetic drug, popular in the 90's, is making a comeback. Agent Harley says Ecstasy now goes by the name Molly, and takes a different form, "Typically these types of substances are found in a clear gel-type capsule, and you'll see the substance, kind of be a white powdery or a brown powdery substance, so if you see this, you definitely want to kind of maybe do a little more investigating."

There's a new trend in drug parties as well, though not seen here yet. Agent Harley says "Candy Balls" are on the rise nationally, "To go to these parties they have to bring some form of medication with them. It's supposed to be in a prescription pill type form. They then take these medications, pour them into a bowl, which then gives the appearance of a candy bowl cause these are various types of colors, shades, etc. That are in this bowl, and throughout the party the kids are taking one or two or three of these pills, having no idea what it is they're taking."

Authorities say if you see anything suspicious, talk to your child. If you come across a drug or substance you are unsure of, you can contact your local authorities or CNT to help identify it.

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