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Law enforcement fighting against synthetic drugs

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Around the Tri-States, officers are seeing more and more synthetic drugs.

Synthetic drugs like K-2, drugs made to mimic the effects of marijuana and cocaine are illegal, but law enforcement officers say there are some real keen chemists behind these drugs.

Adams County Sheriff Brent Fischer tells us the real struggle is keeping up with the manufacturers.

As drug labs find new ways to test a substance, drug makers simply change chemical makeup of the drug.

Fischer says synthetic drugs are very dangerous drugs, and they often causing major hallucinations, "When you know that the number of calls in poison control centers are increasing due to this... then that should be a concern in the communities that what they are doing and how they affect people."

Sheriff Fischer says the penalties for synthetic drugs are getting stiffer.

The charge used to be a slap on the wrist, but it has been heightened and is now classified as a Class C felony.

Users of synthetic drugs use them because the high is different.

The hallucinations can be greater, but, Sheriff Fischer says these are addictive substances just like any other drug, and a lot of people began using them thinking they are more "safe".

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