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Synthetic drug use on the decline in one town

A Central Kentucky town has seen a big drop in synthetic drug use in the last few months. Richmond Police say WKYT's stories on synthetic marijuana and herbal incense helped educate parents to the dangers of the drugs their children were buying.

Herbal incense, synthetic marijuana, drugs legal to buy over the counter were being bought and abused at a very high rate in Richmond just a few months ago. Police say it's WKYT's coverage of the drug that's helped keep its use on the decline.

"We've still got the use issue, but it's not near what it was before your story came out," explained Major Bob Mott with the Richmond Police Department.

WKYT introduced you to the synthetic drugs back in February, we showed you who's selling and what's inside, and Major Mott believes parents took notice.

"Now that they're aware what's out there they can take steps themselves and help us curb it."

Synthetic marijuana is still legal to buy in Madison County, but now Major Mott says it's even harder to find in local stores.

"Obviously businesses don't want that stigma that they're selling something that kids are using that's getting them in trouble and making them sick and having them show up at the hospital, that kind of thing," he explains, "we haven't had any complaints about traffickers in the area, and we haven't had any reports of anybody overdosing or showing up at the hospital that we know of, from the effects of the synthetic marijuana."

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