Local law enforcement officials say there is a zero tolerance policy when it comes to illegal drugs and that includes synthetic drug use.
Christian County Attorney Mike Foster says he has seen first hand what synthetic drugs can do to a body, especially to young adults.
One way to fight the epidemic that officials say seem to have hit the community, is to support initiatives like the Christian County Juvenile Drug Court program,which helps local teens kick the habit.
Christian County Sheriff’s Detective Steve Tucker says officials have seen an increased number of juveniles enrolled in the program, who have used synthetic drugs.
Detective Tucker says the program is already financially struggling to help teens stay drug free and officials now have to pay more money to test for the illegal substance.
About 10 to 14 local teens are typically enrolled in the program, which costs about $60,000 to operate each year and that’s not counting the unexpected added costs of testing for synthetic drugs.