- Friday June 10th, 2011 :: 08:14 a.m. PDT
Public Awareness Campaign Against Synthetic Drugs; news conference today 9:45 a.m.
Assemblymember Ben Hueso
San Diego County Supervisor Greg Cox
Captain Gary Ficacci, Chula Vista Police Department
Hilltop Middle School Principal Maribel Gavin
People Against Spice Sales (PASS)
WHEN: 9:45 a.m., Friday, June 10, 2011
WHERE: Hilltop Middle School
44 East J Street, Chula Vista, CA 91910
WHAT: Assemblymember Ben Hueso will announce the launch of a public awareness campaign that begins with his introduction of an Assembly Resolution this week calling for law enforcement, schools, local elected officials, and parents to educate youth about the risks associated with synthetic drugs.
BACKGROUND: Synthetic cannabinoids commonly known as “Spice” or “K2”, and synthetic stimulants commonly known as “bath salts” are growing in use and have become an increasingly significant problem in our communities. Synthetic drugs mimic the effects of marijuana, cocaine and other drugs. These products are often marketed as herbal incense, bath salts or plant food. These substances are dangerous and are legal in many cases. In fact, they are often sold in liquor stores as well as stores that sell drug paraphernalia.
Recently, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) acted on March 1, 2011 to enforce a temporary ban of five chemical compounds that are effectively synthetic marijuana. However, synthetic drugs continue to represent a significant threat to public safety. Most of the synthetic drugs on the market do not contain a list of ingredients, which makes it difficult to enforce a ban. These products are particularly concerning because they are viewed as “legal” alternatives to marijuana and cocaine. Despite this perception as a legal alternative, these products have significant health impacts.
Later this year, Hueso will host a town hall meeting for parents, educators, first responders and community leaders to discuss this growing concern and provide recommendations on legislative solutions.
Chula Vista Office of Communications
276 4th Ave
Chula Vista, CA 91910