Washtenaw aims to end sales of synthetic drugs, bath salts

Washtenaw County Law Enforcement leaders have announced their full support for the recently announced action plan targeting the immediate discontinuance of all sales of synthetic drugs and bath salts (e.g. K2, Spice, White Rush, Purple Rain and Vanilla Sky) in Washtenaw County.

A statement released by 11 local law enforcement officials, including Eastern Michigan University’s Chief of Police and Executive Director of Public Safety Robert Heighes, Wayne County Sheriff Jerry Clayton and Ypsilanti Police Department Chief Amy Walker, said, “As law enforcement officials, each of us is committed to working collaboratively with all of our community partners in efforts to keep the residents and visitors to Washtenaw County safe and secure.”

Synthetic drugs and bath salts have been linked to serious health problems for some users, including severe agitation, rapid heart rate, high blood pressure, paranoia and symptoms of psychosis, including hallucinations and delusions.

Local law enforcement leaders have urged residents not to support businesses who sell the drugs.

“The best solutions to community changes must include community members themselves; therefore we encourage each of you to support this approach by only frequenting those establishments that have committed to not selling these potentially dangerous products and identifying those establishments that choose to ignore the community’s public health concerns.”

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