Synthetic Drug Ban Passed 9/10/13
September 10, 2013
Odessa - The proposed synthetic drug ban went in front of the Odessa city council once again Tuesday night, this time for it’s second and final reading. It took less than 15 minutes for the ruling to be passed unanimously making it now illegal to posses or sell synthetic drugs.
It’s been a long time coming for many Odessa residents who have been speaking very passionately about banning these substances. Once that ruling was made it was extremely exciting for those attending, many giving high fives and others shedding a tear.
“I saw my son go through this and it was a very bad experience, he was in the ICU for two weeks, strapped down because of this drug,” said Odessa resident Gabby Reyes.
Another Odessa resident says he believes it’s necessary to continue influencing Odessa’s surrounding counties to follow in their footsteps. “One of my fears is that if we ban it in the city, then it will be pushed into the county and from the county into Midland County.”
From a medical standpoint, Nurse Practitioner Ronald Bacani says, the usage of the drugs has been steadily increasing and the side effects can be quite scary. “It affects all generations, I have seen a middle-aged man who was jumping from bed to bed like a dog, and he was just screaming,” said Bacani.
The new ordinance will make it illegal to posses, sell or smoke synthetic drugs known as spice, sage and potpourri. If caught not complying you will receive a class C misdemeanor and a fine up to two thousand dollars. Now that the ordinance has been passed it will become effective in 30 days.