POCAHONTAS, AR (KAIT) - Pocahontas Police are warning parents of a growing problem among youth in the area. It involves synthetic drugs. It's not just teenagers, but young children using it. It is a problem the Pocahontas Police Department is working to put out.
"We've got some (kids) five and six years-old that are smoking it...there's getting it from their friends," said Pocahontas Police Chief Cecil Tackett.
In Pocahontas, a certain drug is lighting-up amongst the youth. "Basically referred to as a synthetic marijuana," said Tackett.
A drug many might know at K-2 Spice. And while the high is comparable to that of marijuana, the substance is man-made. "It's one to three chemicals that are added to a green leafy substance. If parent's see something in their child's room and they say it's oregano, you might want to check it out. It could be laced with K-2," said Tackett.
It's something Tackett says they deal with fairly often. "We've had calls where residence are having problem with a child. Generally they are passed out, just slow emotions, can't stay awake and come to find out that's what they're on.>
Tackett says K-2 filtered into the area a couple of years ago. "We had several businesses in town that sold it under brand names like spice and since then it's been outlawed in the city," said Tackett.
But it's not just a city ordinance, Tackett says it a state law. So where are they getting this stuff? "Most of it's coming from the internet. Some of it's coming out of state. But what we're gathering so far, a lot of it's being purchased through the mail," said Tackett.
So parents keep an eye on the mail box, and pay attention to purchases charged on the internet. Tackett says the department is aggressively working to keep the spice out. "If we have a traffic stop. If we notice a problem with the individual in the vehicle or if we see something in plain view, we get them out and search the vehicle," said Tackett.
Tackett does warn that anyone caught with K-2 spice will be charged with as if it were marijuana with fines ranging from 1,000 dollars or more.