Aug 28, 2014
Aug 21, 2014
Aug 14, 2014
Jul 24, 2014
Farmington police cracking down on synthetic drugs
On Monday, officers warned the employees of the Farmington Lil General Store - which is the only business in town that sells the products - as part of an "aggressive approach" to curtail the access and use of synthetic drugs in the community.
"The department has seen a number of medical assist calls for service that have resulted from people ingesting these substances," Police Chief Kevin Willey said in an e-mail. "We have also had numerous members of the public who have come to us asking to do something because one of their family members has become addicted to these products."
Willey said at least one person has been charged for allegedly driving under the influence of the synthetic drugs.
Police, in conjunction with Strafford County Attorney Thomas Velardi, plan to prosecute people who smoke, ingest or inhale synthetic marijuana - especially over-the-counter substances known as "Peak" or "Scooby Snax."
As they are increasingly being used by high school students, purchasing these products for another person - especially anyone under 21 - will also result in charges under RSA 644:5-a, Inhaling Toxic Vapors for Effect, according to police.
While these products are currently legal and are labeled "Not For Human Consumption," they are often sold near tobacco products and next to smoking devices.
According to a 2012 report by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, some of the side effects of synthetic marijuana include rapid heart rate, vomiting, agitation, confusion, hallucinations, increased blood pressure, a reduction of blood to the heart and - in a few cases - heart attacks.
Regular users may experience withdrawal and addiction symptoms, according to the report.
In July, federal, state and local officials seized more than 4.8 million packets of synthetic marijuana across the country - including about 2,100 packets in Somersworth.
More than 90 people were taken into custody and at least $36 million in cash was seized as warrants were executed in 109 communities throughout the country, including at a home in Gilford and stores in Salem and Somersworth.
READER COMMENTS: 2
- NH killer in 1991 Smart trial seeks time with wife - 6
- Newport shooting victim in stable but critical condition - 0
- Nashua arrests 9 on drug warrants - 0
- Police: Nashua man in car targeted by gunfire was felon with gun - 1
- Man shot at in Nashua drive-by charged with unrelated possession of stolen gun - 0
- NH Supreme Court rules 4 teen killers entitled to sentencing hearings - 6
- Hampton woman who fatally struck pedestrian wants blood test thrown out of court - 1
- Man seeks to upend conviction in Deerfield home invasion case - 0
- Police say North Hampton man distributed child sex abuse images - 0
READER COMMENTS: 1
- Nashua South edges Manchester Memorial in girls soccer action - 0
- Goffstown's Bourque impresses; Memorial, Bishop Guertin, Pinkerton win in Queen City Jamboree - 0
- Hanover boys soccer edges defense-minded BG - 0
- NH Fisher Cats, Pierre stun Rock Cats in 4-3 win - 0
- Helping hands for new St. Anselm students in Manchester on move in day - 0
- To market, to market: Market Basket shoppers flock on in - 9
- Nashua Market Basket employee: 'Worth every day of work lost' - 10
- NH teen killers to get sentence reviews after state Supreme Court decision - 5
- Lakes Region Casino for sale last two months; asking price $3.5 million, manager says - 2
Where is Shaheen? Hiding from you
Enter to win tickets to see Paula Poundstone
Win tickets to see Steven Wright
Hooksett highs: A good multiple choice test
- Mass. Supreme Judicial Court has found upskirt photos taken on a subway aren't illegal. Should such voyeurism be a crime?
- Total Votes: 917