The Edmond Sun

October 8, 2012

Police alert public to drug trend in Edmond

Mark Schlachtenhaufen
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — Edmond officers have responded to two overdoses within city limits that involve someone using synthetic drugs, police said.

Police spokeswoman Jenny Monroe said the Edmond Police Department is urging residents to be aware of the growing issue and educate themselves and their children on the dangers of synthetic drugs.

“These drugs are causing convulsions, strange verbal altercations, overheating the brain and extremely irrational behavior,” Monroe said.

On Sept. 27, officers received a call about a man trying to get inside an apartment in the 800 block of North Kelly, Monroe said. When officers arrived they found an 18-year-old male acting irrationally in a field behind the complex. Officers had to use a stun gun to get the man under control, Monroe said. He was treated at a hospital in the metro and is recovering, she said.

Late last week, a 20-year-old man was rushed to hospital after his friends called 911. He had taken a synthetic drug and was overdosing. As of Monday afternoon he remained in ICU recovering.

Some of the synthetic drugs in use are known as Molly, K2, Spice, Smiles and Potpourri, Monroe said. In the case of K2, Spice and Potpourri, a chemical is sprayed onto a leafy substance and smoked, she said. Molly and Smiles are in the form of a white powder and may look like table salt crystals, Monroe said.



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