Iowa City Schools Warn Students About Synthetic Drugs
By Mark Carlson, Reporter
IOWA CITY, Iowa — Drug awareness is evolving in the Iowa City Community School District, where this week educators are teaching students about the dangers of synthetic drugs.
“They’re dangerous and we want students and parents to be aware of that,” said Susie Poulton, district director of health services.
This week fifth and sixth grade teachers are offering lessons to students about the dangers of the drugs, which are often sold as incense in some downtown Iowa City businesses. Posters have also been distributed throughout each building in the district.
“This is an ongoing problem, and we need to continue fighting it,” said Amy Sorensen, founder of the group “Iowans Against Synthetics.”
Sorensen, who is employed by the district, started the group after she discovered her daughter was using synthetic drugs. She is behind an effort that made this week “Synthetic Drug Awareness Week” throughout Johnson County.
“I think it’s an issue that in gaining more and more attention,” said Johnson County Chairperson Janelle Rettig.
While some brands of synthetic drugs are illegal, many remain legal through loopholes and slightly tweaked formulas.
This year the school district started educating secondary teachers on synthetic drugs. An Iowa City police detective gave a lesson to most teachers ahead of the new school year.
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