Synthetic drug problems continue despite Florida ban - FOX 35 News Orlando

Synthetic drug problems continue despite Florida ban

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When Volusia County deputies busted a methamphetamine lab recently, they quickly noticed one of the men they encountered was acting strangely.

He was acting so oddly, deputies involuntarily committed him to a mental hospital for evaluation. 

The man later admitted to being high on "K2," a powerful synthetic drug that was legal in Florida until December, when Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi issued an emergency ban on synthetic drugs, including "K2."

Doctors say the drugs can cause violent reactions, and they often send people to the hospital.  The drugs are so new, and there is so little research on them, hospital emergency personnel are often not sure how to treat people suffering ill effects from them.

FOX 35's Tom Johnson talked with a Central Florida drug counselor and local law enforcement about the growing problem of synthetic drugs.

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