Mesa County Sheriff's Office Holds Drug Education Class
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Law enforcement agencies across the country have seen a large increase in the use of synthetic drugs.
Recent legislation made many of those drugs, including bath salts, illegal to sell, but authorities say the next wave of synthetic drugs is headed to Mesa County and they want parents to be aware.
"It's not going to be bath salts anymore, that's a bad word, so we're talking about the new things coming out on the market that we already see on the coast and it'll be out here in a year," said Deputy Chad Williams of the Mesa County Sheriff's Office.
MSCO held a synthetic drug education class on Tuesday night to teach parents and their kids what to look for and what damage these drugs could do.
"They're trying to sell synthetic marijuana as potpourri and they're trying to sell synthetic cathinones as bath salts and it has nothing to do with bath salts. Bath salts are fine if they're traditional bath salts, but [drug creators] have to sell them as something," said Williams.
Authorities say by looking at the packaging, you may not even realize that they are drugs.
"It's targeted for kids, it's marketing towards kids without a doubt," said Williams.
More than 100 parents turned out for this safety class.
"Having this class and having it be free and allowing us to come and bring our son so he can figure these things out is really a great benefit for us," said Valarie McElroy, a mother of 8.
Authorities have schedules another synthetic drug class for February 5.
To R.S.V.P for that class, visit www.MesaCountySafeKids.com.