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Warriors Against Synthetic Pot want to prove to state law makers the dangers of synthetic compounds and the need for stricter regulations.
"Texas should not be in the background," Jeannine Kelly, co-founder for WASP said.
WASP hoping to convince lawmakers to pass a bill.banning synthetic compounds across the state.
"We have to put together a law that has some teeth and be able to really make a difference and no loopholes," Kelly said.
Tuesday, they'll be armed with more than a hundred educational booklets for legislators.
"We just want to be sure when they are going into legislation that they know the dangers of this poison. So we have a packet that we'll hand to each one of them, so they know what it is and what it does."
Kelly said trip coincides with the anniversary of the event that led to the group's inception.
"It'll be the anniversary of Dustin's heart attack and that brought us all into the forefront, into the light. We knew absolutely nothing about synthetic pot when this happened," Kelly said.
Separate from WASP another group aims to educate on the medical side effects.
NEIDS, Nurses Educating on Illegal Drugs and Synthetics will be joining WASP members on their lobbying trip.
"We are a group of emergency room nurses and educators from UMC that have a passion to go out and teach the community especially the younger population of the community against the horrible effects and the hazards against using synthetic marijuana and other synthetic compounds that are out there," Vern Pharr, NEIDS, said.
The nurses visit local schools and organizations equipped with educational materials and examples of using the deadly drug.
"We're seeing two to three cases still every day in the ER."
Charlie Williams, a NEIDS nurse said recently, two elementary school children were brought into the ER after having seizures from the drug, on the playground.
"Teachers and coaches should be aware in between classes, on lunch breaks, coming back from those. If you see students acting inappropriate or odd, it could be from this," Williams said.
NEIDS said it's important to stay honest when it comes to using synthetic compounds.
"So we ask you up front, have you done anything, have you smoked anything if you lie to us and tell us no, I could potentially give you a drug that could you make you worse or even kill you."
To bring NEIDS to your school or organization, email Vern Pharr: Vern.Pharr@umchealthsystem.com
For information on synthetic marijuana, brochures or other materials, or to inquire about testing for this or other drugs please call Allied Compliance Services at 806-748-1120.