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Designer Drugs A Deathtrap for Children and Teens

New black market designer drugs can have deadly consequences. They have proven to be a new kind of death trap for kids.

Their street names, K-2, Mojo, NBOMe , the newest in the group Gumbo, Smiles and Bliss are just a few.

A quick web search turns up dozens of sellers according to law enforcement, and while many parents don't know these names, kids do and know where to find this dangerous kind of high.

Madison County Sheriff Randy Tucker says, "it is tough being a kid now a days."

Kids are bombarded daily with temptation, peer pressure and now a new kind of pusher who is as close as their computer, IPad or smart phone.

Sheriff Tucker said, “now these kids have access to internet services that these companies in foreign countries that provide it over the internet."

Deadly black market man- made designer drugs have turned unsuspecting kids into pushers or users.

Sheriff Tucker added, "I tell you we've had 10 and 11 year olds that we have taken into custody with not only drugs but synthetic drugs you know, and prescription medication is a big problem."

Federal drug officials have been successful in shutting down sites that openly advertise their product. But almost as quickly as the plug is pulled on one site another takes its place.

Sheriff Tucker explained, "we're fighting an uphill battle."

Kids are dying across the country. One drug law enforcement is now seeing a lot is marijuana leaves and stems soaked in butane or lighter fluid. The newest called gumbo is a marijuana cigar laced with a dangerous cocktail that includes ecstasy, synthetic marijuana, cocaine even PCP. Some users end up in a frozen state others become combative, uncontrollable and unable to feel pain.

Sheriff Tucker said, "an 11 year old doesn't need to be in jail. They need to be playing baseball or cheerleading you know and unfortunately that's what the supply and demand has created..and it all comes down to the almighty dollar."

So what can parents do to help and protect their children?

Dr. David Elkin, a Psychologist at the University of Mississippi Medical Center told us, "look for unexplained charges on credit cards, unexplained sites on the internet, kids go to. But I think that what I'd want to convey to parents the most is they want to look for changes in the child's behavior."

Dr. Elkin also says parents should not second guess themselves, ask for help and ask questions.

Dr. Elkin said, "do you do drugs? And they'll say no. And you say do you smoke marijuana and they'll say yes. To them marijuana isn't a drug. Encouraging parents not to look back on what should I have done differently. Don't do that. Deal with what's right in front of you. What's behind you is unimportant. What's forward is what's important."

Dr. Elkin adds parents must be involved and stay connected. Most of the experts we talked with say we no longer live in times when we can take anything for granted.

Talk about taking things for granted one website Sheriff Tucker showed us instructs kids how to make drugs using a crock pot.

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