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Updated: 12/10/2013 08:00:01AM

Sarasota County set to discuss synthetic drug ordinance

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SARASOTA COUNTY — Sarasota County commissioners will discuss the creation of an ordinance this week banning synthetic drugs in the county.

Law enforcement officials have maintained that synthetic drug use has been on the rise locally, with Sheriff Tom Knight saying recently that he fears synthetic drugs are a growing public-health issue. Synthetic drugs — also known as designer drugs — came into the spotlight recently with incidents including child abuse and officer-involved shootings. At least seven people became ill while smoking synthetic marijuana in public in Sarasota, while 6 pounds of the substance were seized from a convenience store in Charlotte County, along with more than $19,000 in cash.

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