Brevard County Commissioners unanimously voted to ban the sale of synthetic drugs. The ordinance was requested by the Sheriff’s Office which allows them to fine non-compliant businesses up to $15,000.00 for the sale, advertisement and marketing of synthetic drugs.
Synthetic drugs are sold in shops or convenience stores all across Brevard County and other counties in Florida. According to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi’s post “dangerous synthetic drugs are marketed as “incense,” “potpourri,” “K2,” “spice,” and “bath salts.” The National Institute of Drug Abuse has noted that when individuals take synthetic drugs they are hijacking that key part of the brain controlling critical functions such as temperature control, food intake, perception, memory and problem solving. These drugs are being marketed to our youth and are sold under names like “Scooby Snax,” “½ Baked Hulk,” and “Purple Flake.” According to the Drug Abuse Warning Network report, more than 11,000 emergency room visits nationwide involved a synthetic cannabinoid product in 2010. Alarmingly, 75 percent of these visits were from people ranging in age from 12-29. The majority of those people were between 12-17.”
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