MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - “This a war, and the manufacturers don't care if they kill our kids.”
That was the battle cry Thursday, August 22 from the director of a national foundation dedicated to fighting synthetic spice.
DAKOTA DYER FOUNDATION
Lance Dyer of the Dakota Dyer Foundation held a news conference with Mobile Police Chief Micheal T. Williams and Mobile County Sheriff Sam Cochran.
Dyer also spoke with counselors at the Alabama School of Math and Science Thursday afternoon.
He calls synthetic narcotics a "poison."
Dyer said, "We have to draw a line in the sand. We have to, as parents, as a community, understand what we're dealing with."
To fight back, the Mobile County Sheriff's Office has bought two devices that just recently came out to determine if a substance is actually a synthetic narcotic.
CAUSES BIZARRE BEHAVIOR
A drug court magistrate said the narcotic is all over Mobile, and can have devastating effects.
Speaking of people who use the drug, Judge Edward Blount with Mobile County Drug Court said, "They're psychotic. They're ill. They take them to the emergency room. Their behavior is bizarre."
"ONE BAD, UNINFORMED CHOICE"
However, the most powerful message came from Dyer, talking about the death of his 14-year-old son Dakota shortly after he smoked spice.
He said, "I found my son in the front door of our house with a self-inflicted gun shot wound to his head. He was 14-years-old."
Dyer said Dakota made one bad, uninformed choice, and had a psychotic episode.
He said, "You ask me what message do I want to drive home? I was there the day my son drew his first breath. I literally held him in my arms as he drew his last."
Dyer said the major group targeted by manufacturers of synthetic narcotics is Caucasian males, 12 to 26-years-old.
He also said one serious effect from synthetic narcotics is kidney problems.
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