Police asking area parents to help stop synthetic drug use - KSWO 7News | Breaking News, Weather and Sports

Police asking area parents to help stop synthetic drug use

Area police are asking parents to help them keep their children safe by looking out for synthetic marijuana symptoms.

Area middle and high school students are getting caught with synthetic marijuana and ending up in the hospital. This is something Amarillo police want parents to help them end.

Sergeant Jerome Godfrey is the supervisor of liaison officers at Amarillo schools. He says, "My main concern is, from being a parent myself is, we don't know what's in these chemicals. If there's been other kids die from this in the United States, it could happen here too. And we don't want to see that."

Godfrey says just last week, two high school students were sent to the hospital with seizure and heart attack like symptoms because of synthetic marijuana. He says, "A lot of times they'll put something on the package that says "Not for human consumption". When in reality that's what a lot of these young people are doing. They're getting the synthetic marijuana, and then they're smoking it."

Godfrey says a multitude of chemicals are being used to spray on the green leafy substance. And while an X-amount of it can be used in one packet, double can be present in another.

He says, "A lot of the parents, for example, are misinformed or do not understand it. Or not even realize that it is out there." Godfrey is asking parents to know this deadly narcotic's appearance and symptoms. He says most of the time it looks like potpourri and comes in a small bag. It doesn't necessarily have a certain smell to it unlike regular marijuana.

Parents can also look out for symptoms like an extremely rapid pulse rate, sweaty and pale skin, disorientation, and lethargy.

Jessica Abuchaibe, NewsChannel 10.

  • Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Ted Cruz invokes The Simpsons to take dig at Democrats

    Ted Cruz invokes The Simpsons to take dig at Democrats

    Thursday, February 22 2018 9:40 PM EST2018-02-23 02:40:36 GMT
    Thursday, February 22 2018 9:40 PM EST2018-02-23 02:40:36 GMT
    Ted Cruz won 11 states in the 2016 Republican primary. (Source: CNN)Ted Cruz won 11 states in the 2016 Republican primary. (Source: CNN)

    Ted Cruz called said the Democratic Party was the party of Lisa Simpson at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday.

    Ted Cruz called said the Democratic Party was the party of Lisa Simpson at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday.

  • Sheriff: School officer never went inside to confront gunman

    Sheriff: School officer never went inside to confront gunman

    Thursday, February 22 2018 1:14 AM EST2018-02-22 06:14:16 GMT
    Thursday, February 22 2018 9:35 PM EST2018-02-23 02:35:25 GMT
    (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert). Mourners hug as they leave the funeral of Alaina Petty, in Coral Springs, Fla., Monday, Feb. 19, 2018.  Petty was a victim of Wednesday's mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Nikolas Cruz, a former student, ...(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert). Mourners hug as they leave the funeral of Alaina Petty, in Coral Springs, Fla., Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. Petty was a victim of Wednesday's mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Nikolas Cruz, a former student, ...

    The students who swarmed Florida's state capitol in the wake of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High massacre face pushback in Legislature.

    The students who swarmed Florida's state capitol in the wake of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High massacre face pushback in Legislature.

  • Florida man yells 'murderers!' as he's executed for slaying

    Florida man yells 'murderers!' as he's executed for slaying

    Thursday, February 22 2018 8:24 PM EST2018-02-23 01:24:33 GMT
    Thursday, February 22 2018 9:34 PM EST2018-02-23 02:34:50 GMT
    (Florida Department of Law Enforcement via AP). This undated photo made available by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement shows Eric Scott Branch in custody. Florida is scheduled to execute Branch Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, for raping and killing a ...(Florida Department of Law Enforcement via AP). This undated photo made available by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement shows Eric Scott Branch in custody. Florida is scheduled to execute Branch Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, for raping and killing a ...
    Florida inmate yells 'murderers!' repeatedly as he's executed for his convictioin in 1993 rape and killing of a college student.
    Florida inmate yells 'murderers!' repeatedly as he's executed for his convictioin in 1993 rape and killing of a college student.
Powered by Frankly