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By Ricardo — 6 years ago
Zeeland, MI – June 1, 2012 was a day for awareness. About 40 people, according to The Holland Sentinel, “showed up Friday afternoon to join two women in a picket line targeting synthetic marijuana sales at a Zeeland party store.” The women, Anita Cushman, and Lynn Prins, organized the picket line in what the City Clerk confirmed in a recent email to Jabber Log as being the first in Zeeland’s recent history.
The picket line of concerned members of the community were set up in front of AJ’s, the local store that is selling the legal drug known as “Spice” or “K2”. The line sparked the interest of others within the community, as most were unaware of the legal drug in question.
“There was a woman that came down with her two boys,” explains Cushman in a recent interview with Jabber Log, “well what is this that you’re talking about,” says Cushman as the woman, “her son said, ‘oh you mean the bath salts?’ and she said, “what’s that?’ So we explained it to her and she looks at him and she says, ‘how do you know about this and I don’t?’” Cushman and Prins go on to explain, “It’s about awareness.”
So what is Spice or K2?
According to the Office of National Drug Control Policy:
- Synthetic marijuana (often known as “K2” or “Spice”) and bath salts products are often sold in legal retail outlets as “herbal incense” and “plant food,” respectively, and labeled “not for human consumption” to mask their intended purpose and avoid FDA regulatory oversight of the manufacturing process.
- Use of synthetic marijuana is alarmingly high. According to data from the 2011 Monitoring the Future survey of youth drug-use trends, 11.4 percent of 12th graders used Spice or K2 in the past year, making it the second most commonly used illicit drug among seniors.
What are the public health risks?
- Health warnings have been issued by numerous State and local public health authorities and poison control centers describing the adverse health effects associated with the use of synthetic cannabinoids, substituted cathinones, and their related products.
- The effects of synthetic marijuana include agitation, extreme nervousness, nausea, vomiting, tachycardia (fast, racing heartbeat), elevated blood pressure, tremors and seizures, hallucinations, and dilated pupils. Similar to the adverse effects of cocaine, LSD and methamphetamine, bath salt use is associated with increased heart rate and blood pressure, extreme paranoia, hallucinations, and violent behavior, which causes users to harm themselves or others.
The synthetic drug proves to be quite harmful as described by the Office of National Drug Control Policy. It is clearly stated above that effects are “similar to the adverse effects of cocaine, LSD and methamphetamine.” To show a more detailed look at how this affects the body, an infographic has been provided courtesy of recoveryconnection.org. It’s for this reason and the heartache of seeing others suffer from this over-the-counter legal drug that has driven both Cushman and Prins to take a stand and bring awareness to their community.
“It’s all about educating people,” said Prins in an interview with Jabber Log. “How are we going to educate our kids as parents if we’re not educated? You can’t teach about something you know nothing about and the only way to learn about it, is for people to start talking about it and keep the talk going.”Post Views: 200
By Ricardo — 6 years ago
Hello everyone it’s pretty late but I wanted to make sure and post up a special JCast with none other than Nimrod of the Nimrod Diaries and our most excellent friend, Karl. It was a great first session and one that was entertaining and educational. Now, I know the word “educational” may sound like a bore but I had the chance to do things that I have never done before. For example, the day started out with shooting a couple handguns at the range and one of which was a Smith & Wesson 500. That gun was straight out of the book of Tackleberry from Police Academy. I also shot a crossbow and believe me when I tell you that it was superb! The discussion was excellent and I’m looking forward to digging deeper into the way of the Nimrod in reference to learning how to shoot, hunt, and even fish. Everything mentioned is something that I never learned growing up so why not start now, right? A big thanks goes out to Nimrod for the excellent venison steak, hospitality, and to Karl for the Urban Assault Growler’s from Paw Paw Brewing Company. The brew was excellent and I look forward to our next session. Without further ado I present you with a short clip of our shooting and of course, the JCast with special guests, Nimrod and Karl. Cheers!Post Views: 143
By Ricardo — 3 years ago
Hello everyone and welcome back to another episode of Within the Trenches. This will be the last episode in a series recorded at the 2015 Indiana NENA/APCO conference and expo a few weeks ago. I had a great time there and I hope everyone who was on the show or attended my class enjoyed it too. I met a lot of new people, visited with good friends and just had an all around good time. There is never a dull moment with the crew from Indiana.
In this episode I got the chance to speak with Lindsey, dispatcher with Fulton County 911 and her mom Lori, training coordinator with INdigital and former PSAP director. This episode was a lot of fun to record. It was the first time that I have ever had a mother/daughter episode and they hit one out of the park.
This is a must listen so check it out and share. As always if you have any questions or would like to be a guest on the show, you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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- How Lindsey started in dispatch
- What it was like working for her mom Lori
- What training was like
- What it was like the first night they worked together