There's a new generation of drugs being sold all across eastern Iowa. These man-made synthetics are often called "K2" and "bath salts".
Many of these dangerous drugs are now banned by individual states and the federal government, but many are also still legal and widely available.
The problem--laws are having a tough time keeping up with the constantly changing formulas of synthetic drugs. But make no mistake, synthetic drugs being sold as legal are still extremely toxic with powerful stimulants that mimic the effects of street drugs like coke and meth. In fact just this week, two Des Moines area teens were hospitalized from synthetic drug overdoses.
Wednesday on the KWWL News at Ten, we'll introduce you to a local man struggling with an addiction to these synthetic drugs. You'll also hear from police and government officials about what they're doing to stop this drug trade---efforts aimed at preventing injuries and deaths caused by synthetic drug use.