Loading
Search
NEWS STORIES

State drug agents worried about synthetic drugsSubmitted: 09/26/2013
Story By Adam Fox


MINOCQUA - A Wisconsin Department of Justice Special Agent believes synthetic drugs are on the rise in Wisconsin. That's what he told parents and community leaders Thursday night in Minocqua.

The synthetic drugs are marketed as legal and harmless. They vary from potpourri to bath salts. Both are labeled as not for human consumption, but can be crushed and smoked to get high.

Bob Kovar is a prevention specialist at the Marshfield Clinic. He's a member of the Marshfield Clinic Center for Community Outreach Northwoods Coalition. He's seen the dangerous effects of these drugs in person.

"They could potentially die," Kovar said. "Their body core heat is up, they're having seizers, they're combative."

Lawmakers make certain ingredients illegal, but producers find a new ingredient before the law even takes effect.

State Lawmakers introduced a bill Thursday that would broaden the definition of synthetic drugs, which would make them more inclusive of all the various ingredients.

They believe that will help police react more effectively.

The Lac Du Flambeau tribe declared a fight against drugs this spring. Two operations since then have flushed drug users and producers from the reservation.

The tribe is its own sovereign nation, so laws are different than state and local governments.

Kovar says the county and state don't have as much flexibility as the tribe.

"We can't react as fast," Kovar said. "But we can certainly learn and try and react faster."

The special agent held the presentation at Lakeland Union High School.






Text Size: + Increase | Decrease -
| Print Story | Email Story
Sponsored in part by HodagSports.com





 IN OTHER NEWS

Play Video

RHINELANDER - Starting a career in the medical field can be tough. That's why some Northwoods organizations are working together to promote job opportunities.

On Saturday, Rennes Health and Rehab in Rhinelander hosted a job fair open house.

+ Read More

Play Video

EAGLE RIVER - After a two-year hiatus the Eagle River Ice Castle returned back. Many people gathered to watch Sunday while firefighters added some finishing touches. 

Workers placed decorative ice sculptures on the top corners of each castle tower. Firefighters also started to string lights around the castle.  

+ Read More

MADISON - Gov. Scott Walker promised to reshape the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources before he took office  -- and he has.

Now more even changes could be in store as Walker and his fellow Republicans continue to push the agency further toward what the governor has called a customer service foundation.

Critics say it adds up to a diminished agency.

+ Read More

Play Video

PELICAN LAKE - When most of us drive out on the ice, we don't think we'll fall through.

That scary thought was a reality for Ken Wolfe, who grew up in Rhinelander.

On Friday, at around 3:15p.m., Wolfe went to Pelican Lake to meet his son and go ice fishing, but he never made it.

+ Read More

Play Video

EAGLE RIVER - Many people make it a yearly tradition to race in the Vintage World Championship Snowmobile Derby. But not all of them can say they've won a race, and most don't even dream of making a record breaking win. 

Larry Severson is turning 80 in July, but he doesn't let age stop him from snowmobiling. 

+ Read More

WAUSAU - The South Area Fire and Emergency Response District responded to a fire at a Rib Mountain Sam's Club Saturday.

Firefighters got the call around 2:30 p.m.

According to Captain Doug Jennings, the fire was on the roof of the store. Jennings says a heating unit caught fire.

Everyone was evacuated and no one was hurt.

+ Read More

Play Video

PHELPS - An Eagle River paramedic just got home from her overnight shift last Friday when emergency tones went off.  The call was for an explosion at the Phelps Cast foundry.  Shirley Jesse knew her nephew, Ken Martinez, worked there.  She sat hoping for her phone to ring.

"I waited for my nephew to call me and he didn't call and he didn't call, and then I got up and I just left," Jesse said.

Jesse says she drove quickly to the scene, expecting the worst.  Police say a furnace exploded while Martinez was standing right in front of it.  Martinez poured metal at the foundry for three years.  Shirley Jesse found the ambulance her nephew was in and opened the door.

+ Read More
+ More General News
Search: 





Click Here