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Synthetic Drug Seminar To Help Parents With Questions

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Franque Thompson

ASHLAND (KPTM)- Synthetic drugs seem to be gaining popularity among teens in Nebraska.  Forensic scientist said the drugs can be pretty dangerous—potentially even fatal.

This was true for one teen from Ashland, Nebraska.  That's why his father hosted a seminar, Monday, in Ashland, to get parents aware of the new drug and how to prevent their teens from using it.

"I have yet a fifth grader and I need to know what it's about.  I need to know what to look for," said Terri Heusinkvelt, a concerned parent of a senior in high school and a fifth grader.

Many parents like Heusinkvelt hope to find answers about the unknown in synthetic drugs.

"What are the influences? Why are they drawn to k2?  I found that besides it being cheaper, like $3, it goes undetected," said Heusinkvelt.

K2 is a brand of synthetic marijuana laced with multiple chemicals.  Forensic scientists said the drug can present a certain high pretty quickly.  That and the cheap price could be why the drug is gaining popularity among teens.

Ashland teen Billy Tucker died from synthetic drugs back in October.  His dad, Steve, hosted the seminar to create awareness about the dangerous new trend.  Parents and teens are paying attention.

"I'm so anxious to hear these speakers talk so I understand more about it.  And then I can pass it on," said Heusinkvelt.

Taking in every bit of information they can now—hoping to become better prepared for the future.

"The only thing we can do is keep our ear to the ground now and keep a watch.  You know, that's all we can do," said Heusinkvelt.

The Tucker family hopes to make the seminar an annual event so parents can be up to date on what's attracting teens to the drugs. 

Currently synthetic drugs are not illegal in Nebraska.  There is a law in place that states certain chemicals in the drugs are illegal, but manufacturers keep changing the chemicals laced in the drug to avoid the law.  The Tucker family plans to take matters to the legislature soon.

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