We’re all aware of the constant war on drugs.
Sure, there has been some significant progress in the battle to clean up our streets and neighborhoods.
Law enforcement agencies work around the clock on this matter.
But for about three decades, it sometimes seems that there’s been little progress.
For example, just when cocaine seemed to be all but vanquished, another drug of choice popped up.
Making it even more difficult these days is that the battle isn’t just about illegally manufactured drugs like heroin and meth — it’s now the abuse of prescription pills.
Now, in the latest bizarre twist, abusers are turning to ingesting “designer drugs” that are chemically lethal, every bit as dangerous as cocaine and other drugs, but marketed as common household products such as potpourri, plant food or incense.
Corner shops in small towns across the country are selling these products, not your stereotypical dealers in some back alley.
In battling this new phenomenon, Attorney General Darrell McGraw is targeting the manufacturers themselves.
That’s taking the fight straight to the source.
We applaud this strategy.
This week, the West Virginia Attorney General’s Office went to court in an attempt to stop a Georgia company from distributing chemical ingredients used to illegally make designer or synthetic drugs.
A lawsuit was filed in Putnam County Circuit Court against Nutragenomics Manufacturing LLC of Alpharetta, Ga., the first time the Attorney General’s office has gone to court for a civil action involving such a manufacturer.
McGraw alleges that Nutragenomics is a “significant distributor” of ingredients used to make drugs known as bath salts and synthetic marijuana and other dangerous products, and that the company markets the products through multiple websites and ships them by mail.
As getting drugs gets easier and more sophisticated, there is a need to get more sophisticated in finding ways in removing them as well.
A state law went into effect 12 months ago, targeting chemicals meant to produce effects similar to cocaine and marijuana.
That was a much needed bill. But we need our state leaders to maintain their focus on the multi-faceted drug abuse issue.
It’s a problem that is devastating our towns and our neighborhoods.
While the war on drugs seems to be an uphill battle, the Attorney General’s lawsuit should help deter further trafficking and manufacturing of these drugs.
Making our streets a little safer.
And perhaps saving more lives.