by Duluth News Tribune
July 9, 2012 at 7:00 pm in Duluth News Tribune
Synthetic substances that mimic traditional
illegal drugs, and are killing young people in increasing numbers, now are against federal law.
Tags: courts, Crime 12 Comments »
I will be as glad as the next guy to see Last Place shut down due to this change in the law. The thing is that the demand won’t go away so hopefully DPD is ready to deal with an increase in the old fashioned illegal drug trade.
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Yes like that evil marijuana that’s never caused anyone to overdose.
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This whole making a drug illegal situation is simply a “wack a mole” game. You make one illegal, two more will pop up in it’s place. It’s gotten to the point where soon we’ll be looking at the good ol’ days of marijuana and cocaine. This new stuff being cooked up in chemistry labs (meth and other synthetic stuff” seems far more dangerous in my opinion than some of the old stuff it’s replaced.
Our whole society is out of control drug wise. I belive I read somewhere that Americans consume 40% of the worlds pharmaceuticals. Suffice to say, we don’t, and aren’t willing to suffer silently much obviously. We don’t just have an illegal drug problem we have a legal drug problem too.
We seem to excel at treating symptons (let’s just make things illegal and then arrest users and throw them in jail…that will solve the problem right ? ) while mostly ignoring the root problems that stoke the sales of both legal and illegal drugs. The drug trade (legal and otherwise) will never diminish until we figure out why people have such an overwhelming desire to take drugs in the first place. If you like your reality, you’re not likely to want to chemically change it. Guess we have a lot of unhappy people amongst us.
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I believe banning synthetic drugs was the proper thing to do but it does not fully address the problem there are many illegal drugs that are being used at an increasingly high rate. Why are teens seeking to get high in the first place, just to get high, peer pressure or depression of some sort, lack of parental attention. It is not just up to our schools to teach about the dangers of using any drug, parents need to be the ones on the front lines. How in tune to your children are you?
I raised two girls and I knew everything about them. I made sure that I was a person they could talk to about anything. I maintained a focus on my baby girls to where I knew if they were up to something they did not want me to know about simply by the energy they presented and I would not hesitate to ask them what is up with the negative energy and I did not settle for anything except a conversation on the subject of their negative energy and the cause. I’m not saying I was the perfect parent but staying in tune with your child is the most important thing in a parents life.
At the same time I always had a house full of kids, my daughters friends came to our home because it was a place they could come to and talk about their issues with an adult who took the time to listen to them because their parents were just to busy with their own lives to spend time on their own children. It is so sad when a parent does not even know their own child. It is very important to get that connection to your children, their life may depend on it.
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You’ve got a groovy picture there, Jalene.
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Gosh darn it, I was just saying I liked your picture. A good parent should smoke a joint with their kids once in a while to, well you know, bond a little more. That would be a good idea.
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Hopefully the Duluth Police will act promptly to enforce the new law. Hundreds of crazed visitors make specials trips to congregate in front of this eyesore and limiting the potentially lethal product will have a clear deterrent effect by eliminating a meeting place for drug users.
Last Place acts as an advertising arm for the illegal drug industry. The unregulated poison is readily available and visible and more teenagers become involved in what may be perceived as cool, casual drug taking. The ‘legal highs’ add to the population’s appetite for drugs of all kinds and softens up a whole new generation of drug-users who may go on to addiction and abuse of harder, illegal drugs.
Selling unregulated drugs that nobody has any idea what’s contained in them is dangerous & despicable. The government has responded at long last and this bill ensures at least this one avenue of availability will be cut off.
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the best way to “crack down on” or get rid of synthetic drugs is to make natural drugs legal. Like a poster previously mentioned you can go after the supplier all you want but will not address the real issue demand for the product. If you make the supply of natural ones cheaper and easier to obtain by legalizing them it will wipe out the demand for the synthetics. And to the poster who said synthetics lead to users taking the harder illegal drugs your wrong these concoctions are way worse for you than marijuana and cocaine.
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How about instead of the mole whacking game they start to enforce the “illegal use” of the product? Just like spray paint huffing! I used to sell paint and it was another epidemic until they started to crack down on it.
I commend Senator Klobuchar for her efforts and hope this will take a big bite out of the problem!
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The only thing Democrats and Republicans seem to agree on is their approach to the war on drugs, real or synthetic.
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If these old arch-conservative joker politicians want to get rid of drugs completely, the solution is exceedingly simple. All they have to do is get rid of pain from people’s lives, physical, emotional, mental and social. Good luck with that. Nothing they have tried has worked so far. Maybe instead of asking themselves how much soft money they can expect to collect from the compromising of their core values, they should think outside the box like an enlightened person and do what is right for everybody and the country itself instead of just their greedy selves. Or we can continue to wait until these old fuddy duddies die and the problem will take care of itself. Might take a bit longer but it becomes more of a reality with each passing minute.
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Don’t get your hopes up. The problem is a new crop of little old fuddy duddies will take their place. I wish it weren’t the case but I’m afraid it is true. It’s nice to dream though.
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