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Training to root out “bath salts”

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A training program that helps police and other authorities track down the synthetic drugs known as “bath salts” and the people who sell them got underway yesterday.

Attorney General Mike DeWine says 75 law enforcement officers and prosecutors attended the first Investigating Synthetic Drugs training course offered through the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy.

The first of several sessions scheduled around the state took place this morning at Owens Community College just outside of Toledo.

Instructors included members of the Attorney General’s special prosecutions unit as well as a forensic scientist from the Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

DeWine announced the creation of the training in November as part of 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,” De Wine said.

First introduced in the US in 2008, synthetic drugs are often sold in bright packages, under names like “Bizarro”, “Vanilla Sky”, and “Ivory Wave” to attract young people, DeWine said.

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 police and prosecutors.

Law enforcement officials can sign up for the training on the Ohio Attorney General’s website.

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