Updated: 08/06/2014 10:43 PM
Created: 08/06/2014 4:18 PM WDIO.com
Although the Last Place on Earth has been closed for about a year now, the problem of synthetic drugs isn't gone.
In fact, officials from the Department of Human Services said that synthetics are the second choice of drugs for teens to try, behind marijuana.
"We know that synthetic drugs can mimic the effects of other drugs, but sometimes can have more powerful and even deadly consequences," explained Lucinda Jesson, Commissioner of the Dept. of Human Services.
So the state has launched a new website: http://www.knowthedangers.com
"Parents and educators would ask us, where can I get objective, reliable information about the potential effects and packaging of these drugs? That's why we developed this site," Jesson added.
There are videos and statistics and links to other resources.
This goes hand in hand with the new law that cracks down on the sale of synthetics.
Representative Erik Simonson, of Duluth, co-authored the legislation. He said, "If we can save even one life, it's worth it to me. It's become personal, because of a mother who shared her testimony about her son was addicted. I recently received an email from her, and she said he had passed away. You don't ever forget stories like this."
The Board of Pharmacy is working with the U.S. Postal Service, to potentially make inroads on the sale of drugs through the internet.
Jim Carlson, the former owner of The Last Place on Earth, is being sentenced for selling synthetics, next week in Minneapolis.
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