Synthetic drug problem not going away
BATON ROUGE, La (NBC33) — Local law enforcement officers say the problem with synthetic drugs isn't going away. That's because as soon as one type is confiscated, another hits the shelves.
"We will outlaw a particular product because it's so harmful and they will change one thing in the formula," says East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore. He says when one version of the drug is banned, there's already another to take it's place.
"They're going to continually do it," says East Baton Rouge Sheriff Sid Gautreaux. "They're going to be continually out there."
That's where the problem lies. Moore says he can't prosecute someone fro selling supposely fake weed, if the substances in it are legal. "There's not much that we can do it its not illegal and that's the frustrating part," he explains.
Laws have to be changed and rewritten to outlaw certain substances, a process that takes time. "These companies seem to stay one step ahead of what the law is in the different states and change it. That's how they get around the law."
Take, for instance, White Rabbit. Manufacturers of the product say that it's completely legal. It even says so on the front of the package.
"It can say whatever it wants, but it doesn't say what lab. It doesn't say where," says Sheriff Gautreaux. "It just says USA lab approved."
That's why all the substances seized are taken to the State Police Crime Lab for testing. "We have to continually be vigilant and watch out for these things," says Gautreaux.