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Monroe Co. communities consider synthetic drug bans

MONROE, MI (Toledo News Now) – Even as the Michigan Legislature considers a measure to ban synthetic drugs known as "K2", "Spice" and "Bath Salts" state-wide, Monroe County Assistant Prosecutor Joe Costello is encouraging cities and villages in the county to pass their own bans.

"We didn't know how quickly the state legislature would move on it, it's still not law yet, and we didn't want to wait on it.  It's that urgent," said Costello.

The drugs, which Ohio outlawed in October, are still legally available in Michigan gas stations and party stores.

"I think there's a misperception that because it's sold legally that it must be safe. If you're able to obtain it from a store that it's safe and that is such a misperception; it is extremely dangerous," said April Demers of the Monroe County Substance Abuse Coalition. 

Experts say the drugs can cause extreme hallucinations, unpredictable reactions and in some cases even death. 

Costello has suggested communities could model their legislation from a law passed in Bloomfield Township, which makes the sale or possession of synthetic drugs containing certain chemicals punishable by a $500 fine and jail time.

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