The latest drug craze

Criminals, and especially drug dealers, can be an incredibly ingenious group. Take something simple and they will find a way to convert it into illicit activity.

The latest example of that is electronic cigarettes. First, a quick background on e-cigs, as they are commonly known. Many look just like regular cigarettes. They operate with a rechargeable battery and replacement cartridges that contain liquid nicotine. When heated by the battery, the nicotine turns to a vapor and is inhaled.

The Food and Drug Administration recently issued proposed rules for regulating e-cigs. One of the key provisions proposed is an age limit, expected to be at least 18 but possibly higher. We fully support such measures. The product contains nicotine and should be regulated by the FDA complete with health warnings.

Back to the criminals. Last week, two men were arrested and authorities found a narcotic substance they have never seen before. The substances currently are in the hands of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation for further testing.

What is known is the substance contains methamphetamine. The kicker? Authorities have determined the substance is meant to be smoked using electronic cigarettes.

The discovery came about after Coweta County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeff Bugg made a traffic stop. He got permission to search the vehicle and discovered a baggie containing several small, spongy, gelatinous cubes, according to the sheriff’s office. The cubes tested positive for meth.

Meth is one of the most dangerous, addictive and destructive drugs out there. And it is a serious problem in this community. We are fortunate that law enforcement in the county and various cities here are aggressively going after the problem, using everything from special tasks forces to drug-detection canines.

But that doesn’t stop drug addicts who have now found yet another way to eventually kill themselves. We can only pity them and encourage law enforcement to continue aggressively going after the distributors and manufacturers.



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