Attorney General Pam Bondi in Ocala
OCALA - Attorney General Pam Bondi stopped in Ocala on her tour of Florida addressing law enforcement and Marion County residents how important it is to keep synthetic drugs out of children's hands.
Attorney General Pam Bondi says manufacturers constantly change the ingredients and composition of synthetic drugs to try to keep them legal.
"I'll sign an emergency order everyday if I have to," Bondi said.
Bondi came to the Marion County Sheriff's Office to speak about synthetic drugs.
She says in 2010 there were just over 11 thousand emergency visits nationwide for those overdosing on drugs like Spice or K2.
"Seventy five percent of the visits were from young people from the ages of 12 - 29 but the majority of those were from 12 to 17," Bondi said.
Marion County resident Jamie Bissell said in small towns like Anthony, Reddick and Citra he's seen the effects on children using synthetic drugs. Bissell said kids would bark at the moon, or chase or leaf on the ground.
City leaders in Ocala adopted an ordinance prohibiting synthetic drugs.
"It helps us to address the ability to obtain those things from the local stores we took an undercover enforcement and did end up with arrests for those who did not comply," Sergeant Angy Scroble Ocala Police PIO said.
Marion County Sheriff Chris Blair says he also plans to work with Attorney General Pam Bondi and the Ocala Police to make sure synthetic drugs stay out of Marion County.
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