Synthetic Drug Problem in Marshall County

By: Lauren Smith
By: Lauren Smith

"It's real frightening when you're the one that he comes home to and you see him in that kind of condition and you don't know what's going on..."

This Marshall County father is thankful his son is still alive after the 18 year old came home a couple weeks having seizures after taking what his friend told him was acid, only to find out later, it was the synthetic drug substance know as "bath salts".

"He was definitely hallucinating and he was physically out of control. He was very combative and I had to hold him down until the paramedics got there."

The victim's friend 18 year old, Thomas Blankenship, is now in prison facing charges of possession of synthetic narcotic with intention to distribute according to Marshall county undersheriff Danny Cryer, who says this isn't the first time they've seen this dangerous substance in the area...

"People are real concerned because they think they're buying LSD or acid but it's a synthetic form of it. It's much stronger. "

Cryer says because there is so little background knowledge on this drug, in this form, which they believe is manufactured in Europe, they've been getting calls from other law enforcement agencies all over the U.S. trying to figure out how to deal with it...

"I believe it's this among other forms are here in the county and I'm sure there are still forms we haven't found yet."

The victim's father says his son is now back in school and warning his friends to not make the same mistake he did...

"Just don't fall into the trap of thinking that drugs aren't that bad, when they are. 'Cause he's a living example of it."

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