|Updated: 4/05/2013 9:57 am
||Published: 4/04/2013 6:07 pm
Cherokee County is fighting the war on synthetic marijuana head on.
The Juvenile Drug Court Director Cindy Farmer raised awareness about the dangerous effects on Thursday night at the Hulbert High School auditorium to families in Green Country.
One woman told FOX23’s Dontaye Carter the fake pot nearly destroyed her marriage.
"It was either that or me," said Cleathel Faber.
She says seeing the road his life was going down made her give him an ultimatum.
"It was like he checked out on life he was no longer with us."
Last year, when her husband stopped smoking marijuana he started using the fake stuff.
"It got so bad he was urinating blood," Faber said.
"I have many students who say it's nothing like marijuana,” said Farmer. “It's more like methamphetamine."
She showed us a chemical in the fake cannabinoid that is listed as poison.
"Kids are having strokes, they’re having seizures,” Faber said. “They're having heart attacks they're committing suicide. That's a big one. The suicide is really bothersome."
She's taught CLEET certified synthetic marijuana classes for law enforcement. Now, she's working to bring that message home for families with a synthetic marijuana class.
"They made be sold across the counter currently but they are not safe alternatives to marijuana," she added.
In 2010, The Drug Abuse Warning Network (Dawn) report says 12 to 29 year olds made up 75-percent of the emergency room visits for synthetic cannabinoids.
"It's killing our young people, it's killing our adults. We need to get it off the street," said Faber.