disturbing trend has made its way to Ripley County. The newest
and latest phase for those who want to feel high
is to smoke various compounds that are intended to be used as
incense or potpourri.
The latest high can be deadly. Those were the words
of John Hegge, drug recognition expert (DRE) and officer with
the Versailles Police Department.
Officer Hegge told those gathered at the Youth Worker Café
meeting Tuesday, November 2 about the latest craze that is affecting
mostly the teen population and those in their early twenties.
The event, held at the Southeastern Career Center in Versailles,
was co-sponsored by the Ripley County Local Coordinating Council
Against Substance Abuse and the Indiana Youth Institute.
A round-table type discussion took place in conjunction with
the officers presentation among various agencies that
mostly work with youth, pastors of three local churches, teachers,
and the media.
The dangerous substances are K-2 Standard Spice, which comes
packaged in a pretty packet clearly stating it is not for human
consumption. The officer also showed another packet of Pyara
Premium Incense that is used in an inappropriate way along with
Chill Spice, all producing serious side effects.
Just last month the officer told the group a 16-year-old from
the Versailles area overdosed on some of the above products.
Fortunately, she survived. Others have not been so lucky. He
told of one intelligent, beautiful 17-year-old girl, who tried
the new legal drug, and now has the mentality of
This is serious stuff, he told those at the meeting.
It is so serious, that Hegge and others will present an emergency
ordinance banning the sale of these items from stores in the
Versailles area at the Versailles Town Council meeting tonight,
The substances have emerged as a popular, legal alternative
to marijuana and is widely being used by college students. It
is easy to obtain because it is sold at the counter in many
convenience stores or he explained if people want it in bulk,
they go to the Internet.
Those using the new drug can experience symptoms
of rapid heart rate, dangerously high blood pressure, hallucinations,
paranoia, and even death. Yes, it is physically addictive,
Hegge answered one question from the group.
Officer Hegge told about Methylenedioxypyrovalerone or MDPV,
which is legal to purchase and used as legal cocaine.
He said this drug is a physoactive drug with stimulant
properties which acts as a norepenephrine-dopamine re-uptake
How prevalent is it in Ripley County? According to Hegge, very.
This drug is also known as MTV, MDPR, Magic, Super Coke, White
Lightning and Peevee.
Paula Goodpaster, coordinator for the Ripley County Local Coordinating
Council Against Substance Abuse told those gathered, We
have to get the community involved. She talked about the
importance of the 40 development assets needed for kids to succeed.
She invites anyone who is interested in saving the next generation
from substance abuse to join forces.
For more information about the LCC you can contact Goodpaster
at 812-212-8406 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The next meeting
of the council is November 18 at 11:30 a.m. at the Purdue Cooperative
Extension Office in Osgood.