Students high while at school

By: Kendall Downing Email
By: Kendall Downing Email

Law enforcement officials said it's the latest way teens are getting high, and it's all legal for now. Students are showing up at school high on what are being sold as "bath salts."

The product goes by many names.

"They call it a fake cocaine," said Jeff Ritchie, School Resource Officer at Perry County Central High School.

But it's now in our backyard.

"It's actually hit home," said Tony Eversole, with the Perry County Sheriff's Department.

"Students that had taken the bath salts," said Ritchie.

In the past weeks officials at both Hazard High and Perry County Central have dealt with students who have come to school high.

The powders are marketed as bath salts or plant food.

"They're not a drug. They're not scheduled. They're not controlled. It's actually manufactured with another purpose," said Eversole.

Deputies tell us two students from Perry County Central had to be taken to the hospital by ambulance.

"They tend to turn violent in the latter stage and get very combative," said Ritchie.

Parents were called to come get another two students at Hazard High School.

"We're being told that it's sold at a couple of different liquor stores," said Eversole.

Since the powders are not illegal, deputies said parents have a job to do.

"You need to be a parent, not necessarily a friend. You need to know what your kids are up to," said Ritchie.

"Check their backpacks. Check their rooms. It's something that could kill them," said Eversole.

A bill to ban the sale of these substances passed the Kentucky House and now sits in committee in the Senate.

Perry County Central held a school-wide assembly to educate students this week. Hazard High School has one planned as well.

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