OBN: Stores Finding Ways Around Synthetic Drug Laws

Wednesday, February 13th 2013, 10:29 pm
By: News 9

As lawmakers push for more synthetic drugs to be banned in Oklahoma, law enforcement officials say stores throughout the state are finding ways around the rules.

Officials are referring to synthetic marijuana, also known as K2 or spice. Other drugs include synthetic cocaine, commonly called bath salts. Experts say those selling the products are consistently one step ahead of the law by altering the ingredients just enough to be legal but still dangerous.

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"He's abusive mentally [and] emotionally," concerned parent Suzie Langley said about her son.

Langley is afraid her 18-year-old son will die from his addiction to synthetic drugs that are being renamed and changed to be sold on store shelves. Langley says a Ponca City head shop called Nice Dreamz sells the drugs to teens.

"They told me they wouldn't take it off the shelves because that's their money maker at as this particular store," Langley said.

News 9 went inside the store undercover. Parents say clerks will keep the most alarming drugs out of sight. A clerk sold News 9 pills and a brownie, promising a buzz and high. Nice Dreamz says everything sold is legal. Store clerks claim they stopped selling K2 months ago. Parents don't believe it. Nice Dreamz also claims nothing they sell is addictive.

There have been about 200 types of synthetic drugs outlawed in Oklahoma over the past three years, according to the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics.

On Wednesday, Oklahoma lawmakers voted on a bill to ban 10 additional synthetic drugs. The legislation is now headed to the full house.