Warning for all Pickett County parents
By: Jennifer Flowers, Pickett County Jail Administrator
Teens all over the state are ending up in the hospital with symptoms like insomnia and foaming at the mouth and Pickett County Sheriff’s Office were shocked to learn the substance that's suspected to be causing it all can be bought legally and in a convenience store. The little pill inside the tie-dyed packet isn't being used for plants, teens are mixing them in drinks, swallowing, snorting or injecting them, and landing in the hospital. It doesn't show up in a drug test; it's sold in convenience stores; and as of right now in Tennessee, they are both perfectly legal.
This little packet costs $13 and any age person can walk in and by this in the surrounding counties. Pickett County currently does not sell them at this time.
Mephedrone is a synthetic stimulant and entactogen drug of the amphetamine and cathinone classes. It is reportedly manufactured in China and it comes in the form of tablets or a powder, which users can swallow, snort or inject, producing similar effects to MDMA, amphetamines and cocaine.
As well as producing the intended stimulant effects, negative side effects occur when mephedrone is used, with teeth grinding the most common. In the USA, this only applies of the drug is sold for human consumption, allowing it to be sold legally if labeled as 'plant food' or 'bath salts'
For teens, there is a high risk of insomnia, depression, heart murmurs and even suicide all from a packet and a pill that are both cheap and legal.
We do want parents to know that these could have an affect on kids and kill them. Currently there is no treatment for an overdose of these substances. In the last two months, we have had one confirmed overdose, have confiscated several packets, and made two arrests that had the Rave-On Bath Salts and Molly's Plant Food packets in their system. This is here in Pickett County. After learning about these legal drugs, Sheriff Dana Dowdy immediately went to the schools to alert all the teachers and staff and make them aware. If you have any questions about these dangerous drugs, find these or something like these in your home, please call the Pickett County Sheriff’s Office.