Raising awareness of synthetic drug dangers
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ONONDAGA COUNTY, N.Y. -- Community members in Onondaga County hit the links to benefit a good cause. Northern Pines Golf Course in Cicero hosted the Trunk Monkey Open for Charity Friday to raise money for the Maximus Foundation.
The non-profit foundation works to educate the public about the hazards of synthetic drugs like bath salts and synthetic marijuana.
22 groups of four, including members of local law enforcement, healthcare officials, and even a family directly impacted by these drugs took part.
State lawmakers have outlawed these synthetic drugs, but officials say it's hard to get them completely off the shelves because manufacturers change the chemicals in them.
"You know, according to the law, there are analog laws, which make drugs that are very similar to a product, illegal as well. But unfortunately, it's similar to the Whack-a-Mole game, that once you knock down one, another drug pops up. It's scary," said Gail Banach, Upstate New York Poison Center.
The Maximus Foundation was created by a mother whose son died after using synthetic marijuana.
For more information about this organization or how you can donate, visit Syracuse/Oswego/Auburn Ithaca/Cortland Utica/Rome/Mohawk Valley
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