LUBBOCK, TX--- A year ago now, Lubbock City Council moved to make the sale, use and possesion of synthetic drugs illegal.
However, the Lubbock Board of Health says, this is still a serious problem and they want to put an end to it.
"Its not some sort of governmental propaganda when you talk to people who deal as I have done in my own practice, people are damaged by these drugs and its there for the rest of their lives," says Dr. Brian Carr, director of the Lubbock Board of health tells us synthetic drug use in our city is a growing problem.
In fact, 2 to 4 people everyday end up in a Lubbock hospital from it.
"That's just its entirely preventable and its something we can do something about."
Texas Tech Assistant Professor and chemist David Klein has been working for years now on new ways to detect synthetic drug use in patients.
Today he shared some of his work with the board of health
"Its hard to figure out what you're looking for i mean when you're looking for cocaine its always cocaine...
We dont know exactly what we're looking for so we have to kind of tease it out," Klein said.
He'll even be working with law enforcement and other researchers.
"The thing that i will do is discuss this with the department of public safety here in town, they're the ones that are ostinsively tasked with testing things like this."
"This issue stil is a real challenge for this city. And so I brought it back up and will continue to bring it back up because it is a hidden problem," said Carr.
The board of health hopes to work on a number of projects on the dangers of synthetic drug use in the next few months to educate people to stay away from them and even expose some of those who continue to sell them.
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