Agencies raise awareness of synthetic drugs

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Herbal mixtures imbued with chemical compounds can cause neurological problems, and police are finding it difficult to fight their spread.

Landmark News Service and Staff Reports
When the synthetic drug industry seeped into the Southwest Virginia, it took root silently.
Then it flourished, virtually unnoticed by police until recently.
“When this hit and we started talking about it, it was like a tidal wave,” Roanoke Police Chief Chris Perkins said at a regional seminar last Thursday in Roanoke. “We’re only now realizing there may have been a significant impact on crime in this area because of this issue.”
Now, police and prevention officers play catch-up.

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