|Updated: 7/05/2013 10:51 pm
||Published: 7/05/2013 10:50 pm
FOX23 uncovered a new initiative in Green Country to fight synthetic drug use.
Law enforcement officials hope it will be used across the state.
The Cherokee County Juvenile Drug Court is working to add a sticker to businesses that agree not to sell synthetic drugs.
"In their mind, this is a legal alternative to marijuana," said Cindy Farmer, director of Cherokee County Juvenile Drug Court. She is hoping adding stickers on the windows of businesses that agree not to sell synthetic drugs will help to keep it out of the wrong hands.
"We're not just talking about Spice or K-2, we're talking about other products sold under different names and different titles with the purpose of getting high," said Farmer.
The sticker will be revealed once it is registered with the Oklahoma Secretary of State.
Farmer says a business would donate $25 to the Juvenile Drug Court to use the sticker. The money would go back to the agency. Currently, lawmakers outlaw certain chemicals used to make the synthetic drugs but they continue to change. Officers see the effects on the street.
"It's usually teenagers and people in their early 20s. They’re having seizure-like symptoms, but it's from the synthetic drugs they're using," said Sgt. Jason Girdner, a Tahlequah police officer.
He believes adding the stickers to businesses will make a difference.
"It just raises awareness. It's letting people know what's going on out here," said Girdner.
"It's our way of preventing those types of products from reaching the hand of our youth. In turn, that saves lives and saves harm," said Farmer. "We can prevent that harm from being done."
There are organizations in four other states that are looking to get involved. Farmer said they're just waiting to get that sticker registered nationally.
If you would like to get involved, you can reach Cindy Farmer at 918-931-2648.