TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) – It has been illegal in Ohio since October 2011, but K2 and other synthetic drugs are still popping up in Toledo stores. Toledo police say these types of synthetic drugs are not like traditional drugs of abuse.
Toledo police said that cracking down on drugs like K2 and bath salts is extremely difficult. Once one chemical within these drugs is deemed illegal, manufacturers of K2 or spice will switch out that chemical substance for something else, which allows some stores to get by with selling the drugs on their shelves.
Last week, K2 and other synthetic drugs were being sold in Toledo gas stations. Toledo police say those drugs have now entered the illegal drug trade. Toledo police assisted in a few raids of various carry-out stores in the city that were caught carrying the drug.
"The DEA has made some of the chemical components in some of these substances illegal. So we're able to charge under that hospice there. However some of the manufacturers of these drugs keep changing the components in some of this stuff, making it difficult for us in law enforcement to do some of the charges," said Sgt. Joe Heffernan of the Toledo Police Department.
Toledo police say the number of incidents of synthetic drug use has decreased since the ban, but in turn, those types of drugs have now entered a black market.