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Smart Talk: Rash of synthetic drugs hits PA

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Apr 29, 2015 3:29 PM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Thursday, April 30, 2015:

To say synthetic drugs are making a comeback in Pennsylvania may not be accurate because they never really went away.

Although heroin has been getting much of the attention because of a big increase in the number of overdose deaths and that it has found its way into the suburbs and prescription drugs are being abused more often, substances laced with chemicals like synthetic marijuana and bath salts were still available and being abused.

Synthetics are potentially even more dangerous because they're often powerful and have unpredictable consequences.

Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico said last week there were 30 overdoses in his county alone in the prior week.  More overdoses were reported in the Lehigh Valley and in the Wilkes Barre area.  

The Pennsylvania Department of Health went as far as issuing an advisory to health care providers this week saying there has been an "apparent sharp increase" in cases involving synthetic marijuana and other mixed substances.

A Smart Talk program that focused on synthetic drugs in February re-airs Thursday.

Appearing on the show are Ken Dickinson of Gaudenizia Treatemnt and Recovery and Berks County District Attorney John Adams. 

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  • Radio Smart Talk img 2015-04-30 08:08

    Ruth emails:
    I lost my son to Spice. He had served in the Navy for 8 years and was planning on reenlisting. He took his life instead. I give educational presentations about the risks and consequences of spice and other synthetic drugs. I have a website that serves as a resource for the community.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2015-04-30 08:22

    Chuck emails:

    Didn’t hear if your guests mentioned flakka, but seems relevant

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2015-04-30 08:23

    Robert writes:

    These overdoses or dangerous chemical exposures are yet another example of the litany of dangers caused by the prohibition of marijuana and other natural drugs. If recreational drugs were legal and regulated, users would be much safer by knowing what chemicals and doses they were ingesting.