Designer drugs causing problems in Shelby County

COLUMBIANA, Ala (WIAT) – It hasn’t been that long ago that the Alabama Legislature changed the laws regarding what many now call the designer drugs.  The most recent change came during the 2012 session.  But that doesn’t mean things are that much better yet.

Shelby Co. Narcotics Task Force commander Lt. Kevin Turner says the changes have given them teeth in their prosecutions, but the drugs are still out there.

The drugs have many different names –  Spice, K-2, and bath salts are just a few.  Turner says the biggest problems for his investigators are the fake marijuana drugs.  Bath salts he says are going under the radar right now.

The same can’t be said for the juvenile court system.  Shelby County Drug Free Coalition coordinator Jan Corbett says the bath salts are causing severe problems.  Those and some of the others are quickly catching up to alcohol, marijuana and prescription drugs in the number of cases.

To combat the rise, she says educating parents and their children about the dangers of the drugs will be the biggest help in curtailing the abuse.

But those aren’t the only drugs causing bigger problems right now.  Lt. Turner says heroin is making a comeback in Shelby County.  Over the last couple of years he says the total number of drug cases and drug related deaths have remained stable.  But he says heroin is making up a larger number of those cases.

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