|Officials are trained to investigate synthetic drugs|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Thursday, 31 January 2013 11:39|
Attorney General Mike DeWine has announced that 75 law enforcement officers and prosecutors attended the first Investigating Synthetic Drugs training course offered through the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy (OPOTA).
Training took place Monday morning at Owens Community College in Perrysburg Township. Instructors included members of the Attorney General's special prosecutions unit as well as a forensic scientist from the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI).
DeWine announced the creation of the training in November as part of his intensified efforts to fight the abuse and sale of synthetic drugs such as bath salts and herbal incense.
"Synthetic drugs are still relatively new in Ohio, so we want our prosecutors and peace officers to have all the information they need to successfully fight the abuse of these drugs," said DeWine.
Synthetic drugs are often sold in bright packaging to attract the younger demographic. They are sold under names such as "Bizarro," "Vanilla Sky," and "Ivory Wave."
The new training program teaches law enforcement what to look for while investigating a synthetic drug case and also provides a legal overview designed to assist both officers and prosecutors.
The free training will be held in locations throughout Ohio in February. Law enforcement can sign up for the training on the Ohio Attorney General's website.
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