Odessa Leader Wants Synthetic Drugs Out of Odessa 11/2/12
CBS 7 News Reporter
November 2, 2012
ODESSA, TX - An Odessa woman is leading the battle against synthetic drugs in west Texas.
Anna Scroggins with New Day Counseling says she sees the detrimental effects synthetic drugs have on people's lives. Now she’s pushing for a law that will get them out of Odessa.
“We all have to work together right now to pull this off the shelf. We cannot allow these people to get away with selling something that. We're saying we can’t stop it because theses chemicals there are other ways that we can do this,” said Founder of New Day Counseling Anna Scroggins.
Scroggins is pushing for an Odessa city ordinance banning the sell of synthetic drugs in local head shops, adult bookstores, and convenience stores.
“That ordinance is what were going to try to pass here in Odessa. Any synthetic chemical that mimics an illicit drug whether it’s cocaine, marijuana, acid ... that's what we're tying to ban the sells of, " said Scroggins.
The ordinance will close loop wholes in federal law that makes it legal for certain synthetics to be sold at local shops.
Odessa city officials say this ordinance will help crack down on the growing trend.
"I think anything that we do would tighten it some and would improve it some, " said Odessa Mayor Larry Melton.
Mayor Melton says this would be a good start to, but in order to end the problem the city leaders of surrounding areas must way in as well.
Scroggins is asking for community support in getting this ordinance passed. She has made a petition asking for signatures.
For more information on the petition, contact Anna Scroggins of New Day Counseling at (432) 332-5645.