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Sheriff's department warns of increasing drug problem in Brazil

Friday, November 16, 2012

The Clay County Sheriff's Department is in the midst of combating an increasing problem.

"Last year, the state passed a law that banned the selling of certain synthetic drugs with certain chemicals," Sheriff Mike Heaton said. "The manufacturers changed the chemical makeup, but it's still a dangerous product."

Incense, which releases fragrant smoke when burned, is being sold in local convenient stores and gas stations.

"We know what the intentions are in buying that product," Heaton said. "It's not to burn incense, it's to smoke and ingest it, which in itself is dangerous to do."

The effects the drug can have on an individual can be hazardous. If the person using the drug drives, they show the same characteristics as an intoxicated driver, according to Heaton.

"It's labeled, 'Not for human consumption,'" Heaton told The Brazil Times. "Based on the chemical formula of the product, it could be illegal. It's dangerous, and it's putting people in harms way for those who ingest it."

Heaton wanted to warn the community to stay away from the product, as well as to ask retailers not to sell it.

The United States Attorney General's Office is targeting businesses that sell the product. If someone has been convicted of using the synthetic drug, the U.S. Attorney General goes after the retailer's license.

"It's a growing problem," Heaton said. "It's a problem we're facing that affects a lot of people."

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this is getting to be just too crazy. if i have a cold and i buy meds for it i have to worry about what people may be thinking of me. now i have to worry about if i want to buy incense. these druggies are going to do what they are going to do to get their fix. you cant regulate everything cause they will just find other things. you cant keep them from getting ahold of innocent things and using them for whatever purpose. there is just too much. time would be better served investing in education and rehab or even dare i say, invest in your local churches outreach programs. trying to keep things out of the reach of these people is like trying to put a band aide on a moving target. you might get it but it still doesnt address the original problem. start trying to combat the reasons people start a life of drug abuse in the first place. sorry for the rant and hope people understand what im trying to say here.

-- Posted by Ninesy on Sun, Nov 18, 2012, at 12:14 PM

I do understand Ninesy. People have been burning incense for centuries with absolutely NO intention of smoking it or getting high from it. Some prefer it to burning scented candles. Geez - if they make it illegal, you are right, they will find something else to get high on. They haven't made spray paint illegal yet and people huff it. What next?

-- Posted by indianamama on Mon, Nov 19, 2012, at 9:26 AM

They thing is, if you slither into any store with your pants down around your ankles and your baseball cap twisted to one side looking like an idiot you MAY look suspicious.

As far as buying cold medication, I have no problem with a salesperson asking for my ID. If I have a cold, I have a cold. Card me. But I'm not going to buy five boxes of it. The same as if I have a clogged drain. Would you think I'd need two gallons of drain cleaner? Two gallons of Liquid Fire would clean the sewers of Chicago. Use some friggin' sense, people!

-- Posted by My Dime on Mon, Nov 19, 2012, at 10:00 AM

The bottom line here is - you can't FORCE people to do what YOU want them to do, just because it's dangerous (smoking), unhealthy (eating too much or not exercising) or deadly (drinking & driving).

People have their OWN lessons to learn - even if it means they die learning them. I'm not being mean, just honest (and YES, I've had my own tragedies in life). Knowing WHY doesn't fill the void.

If you want help, SEEK IT OUT. If you don't seek help, you will (eventually) become a statistic - and so will the innocent victims you take with you - or leave behind(unfortunately).

Until we start thinking (BEFORE we do something selfish) of how our decisions (choices) affect us all - it's not going to change.

-- Posted by Emmes on Mon, Nov 19, 2012, at 11:49 AM

agreed Emmes!

-- Posted by Ninesy on Mon, Nov 19, 2012, at 12:43 PM

"We know what the intentions are in buying that product," Heaton said. Law enforcement anticipation of intent is a bit problematic for me. This our legislature's role. Moreover, I doubt this stuff is much more dangerous than alcohol we sell by the gallon. Our community is blessed that this is noteworthy.

-- Posted by Foz on Tue, Nov 20, 2012, at 12:16 PM

the previous comments made here, are on the right track. i am not going to say that there isn't a problem. i am not going to say that these products aren't dangerous. if used in the wrong way, the results could be life threatening or life changing. and the individual consequences for the misuse/abuse of these products, is just what it is; an individual choice to do something dumb or something stupid.

why not go after the manufacturers of these products? or the internet suppliers? or even the internet service providers, who give the misusers access to outside suppliers. that is where the real problem starts at and the real problems are. "big bother" knows that going after the manufacturers or suppliers would be real work; something that "big brother" doesn't want to do. same as when gun manufactures were sought out; because some idiots used guns to commit crimes. they also know it would be costly, and that is something they don't want to do ethier.

making something illegal is easy. it's just another way of "big brother" going after the little man; to generate revenue. revenue is their only concern, and you have to look at the whole picture. look at the way revenue is generated; attorneys fees, court costs, administrative fees, fines, probation fees, seizure and sale of personal property, community correction fees and (last but, not least) the industrial jail and prison systems in our state and country. (see the documentary, the house i live in).

"big brother" feels as though they have our best interest in mind. if they did; they would listen to the people. the previous comments are the proper approach; training, education, outreach programs and rehabilitation. but, that would cost government money instead of making them money.

and now having professor charles xavier (x-men) with mind-reading capibilities; will make it easier for our criminal justice system to prove intent. intent is the main element, that must be proven in any criminal offense. sure makes me feel good knowing that our community is now safer.

-- Posted by madmarkbedwell on Wed, Nov 21, 2012, at 7:44 AM

It's the ABUSE of this product, not the fact that it exists, that's causing the problem.

This kind of thinking is the reason we live among people like this - their entire lives we've (all) made it EASY for them to do the wrong thing. They've been ENABLED because we don't want to be the BAD GUY and make them responsible for themselves and their actions! IT'S THEIR CHOICE! LET THEM CHOOSE without YOU feeling guilty for the outcome.

This product - like alcohol - is not lethal in the hands of those who use it as it was intended. Take it off the market and those who use it to get 'high' will find something else.

Don't allow "big brother" to make this illegal .. but we should stop mfg it? Who's the BIG BROTHER now?

-- Posted by Emmes on Fri, Nov 23, 2012, at 11:42 AM

when decriminalization of weed happens 2013 then what

-- Posted by gartland08 on Fri, Nov 23, 2012, at 6:15 PM

i think i have been misunderstood in some of the things that i was trying to say. so please allow me to apologize and re-phrase some of my comments. (notice the question marks at the end of some of those comments). i merely stated, that going after the manufacturers, suppliers, ect. would be costly and futile; that is something that government clearly doen't want to do. do you think that these people (manufacturers) don't know that some of these "jerks" are misusing their products?? if they don't know, then why the changes in the chemicals to circumvent the laws?? would that not be where it starts?? do they do not have any liability in this?? and if government doesn't know even if there is something illegal in the products; then why target the just retailer(s)or the abusers??

i did not say "dont allow big brother to make this illegal". i merely stated that is their easy way out.

and now that they "government" knows what everyones' intentions are; couldn't that be considered as an abuse of our legal system (knowing intent, not proving it)?? that to me is alot scarier than some stupid jerk on "mini-mart weed"!!!

emmes, you are absolutely right; the real problem is in the "abuser(s)". and you are also absolutely right in in the fact that it is an individual choice.

but, my convictions as former u.s. marine, a husband, a father and a good Christian man; tell me that "i am my brother's keeper". i must look out for him, protect him and help him, in anyway that i can. not take the approach of locking him up in an institution, destroy his life and offer him no help. i don't think that is enabling; i think they call that compassion for your fellow man.

look at how many employers (not all) now days offer programs for good employees that fail a drug test. instead of punishing (firing) a person for a "mistake"; they give them a second chance. and after a chance, i would absolutely agree that something needs to be done.

i am glad we are all able to discuss our views and opinions in these forums though. my opinions on a few things have changed in some of these subjects and matters. in others, only God can do that.

-- Posted by madmarkbedwell on Fri, Nov 23, 2012, at 8:05 PM

Im just glad im alive after I quit that stuff. Messed my whole life up worse than any drug could have. Spice/ Incense is the devil. I dont care what you think of it. I solely believe its the devil.

-- Posted by rezz1 on Fri, Nov 23, 2012, at 8:22 PM

We need drug rehabilitation programs more readily accessible in this community. That is the bottom line... You can throw them in jail and prison, but why not catch the issue before it costs the tax payers money. I am sure many agree!

-- Posted by Unsolicitedtidbits on Sun, Nov 25, 2012, at 12:28 PM

Unsolicitedtidbits: Drug rehabilitation starts from within. I'm sure very few people arrested in Clay County are "first-timers". There is help if one so desires. This is help to stay clean, not just a "get out of jail free" card. It's called Narcotics Anonymous and it does not cost the taxpayers or addicted person one red cent.

-- Posted by My Dime on Mon, Nov 26, 2012, at 7:55 PM

I am thankful for the job that police do; however, I still think there is a need for more rehabilitation programs in Brazil. They at least need to be more advertised and confidential.

I agree, there has to be a desire to complete the program. I hope that our jails and court system refer them to such program or offer such programs.

-- Posted by Unsolicitedtidbits on Wed, Nov 28, 2012, at 7:56 PM

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-- Posted by My Dime on Thu, Nov 29, 2012, at 10:46 AM

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