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Narconon Georgia Speaks at Georgia Crime Prevention Conference on Dangerous Drug Trends

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Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) November 21, 2012

Narconon of Georgia drug and alcohol treatment and drug education staff were invited to speak at the Georgia Crime Prevention Association (GCPA) conference held October 15, 2012 in Forsythe, Georgia. They educated law enforcement personnel on the latest trends in designer drugs (i.e. synthetic marijuana and bath salts), their street names, the short/long term effects and the signs of abuse.

The group came to the attention of the Georgia Crime Prevention Association as a result of their many community and neighborhood education activities consisting of delivering drug education in schools, displays at fairs and festivals, speaking at Neighborhood watch groups, participating in National Night Out, providing civic group lectures, meeting government officials and a series of radio shows on the dangers of synthetics drugs in Georgia. A very popular activity is educating kids and having them sign the Narconon Drug-Free Pledge.

Georgia Crime Prevention Association is a statewide non-profit organization consisting of law enforcement officers and both private and public crime prevention practitioners who work together to promote, develop and advance crime prevention programs. GCPA and its members’ foster cooperation, encourage the exchange of information, provide leadership and seek involvement from all segments to expand, improve and develop crime prevention programs throughout Georgia.

Through an informative presentation, the group learned that while Georgia law enforcement has been successful in some parts of the state in decreasing the availability of dangerous drugs, synthetic drugs such as K2 “synthetic marijuana” and “bath salts” can still be purchased in some neighborhoods through head shops and convenience stores throughout the state and even online.

Ji Johnson, Narconon Drug Education Specialist, explained how some of these synthetic drugs are sold in packages that can look like incense or other items that could be around the house. Young people are the targeted market for these drugs which increases the dangers and the need to control it.

K2 is sold as “synthetic marijuana” but is manufactured from chemicals which are far more dangerous than regular marijuana. “Since these packages are often marked ‘not for human consumption,’ the manufacturer doesn’t label the ingredients. Young people don’t understand that they could be exposed to dangerous chemicals that can have a bad effect on them,” said Johnson.

Information was also provided on “bath salts” which are even more dangerous and life threatening. “These synthetic drugs can cause hallucinations and psychosis and can contribute to physical damage,” explained Johnson. “We need more treatment facilities in the state that will accept clients on bath salts. The best solution is prevention.”

Johnson concluded with how communities and law enforcement can work together to get synthetic drugs out of neighborhoods. Citizens can report to law enforcement establishments that are selling synthetics and more drug education can be provided for young people. “Narconon of Georgia will continue working with the citizens of Georgia until we get synthetic drugs out of the state. We will continue spreading the word that it is possible to take our neighborhoods back,” says Johnson.

About Narconon of Georgia
Narconon of Georgia, located in greater Atlanta, is a private non-profit drug treatment center that is licensed by the State of Georgia. The Narconon Drug Rehabilitation and Education program was founded in 1966 by William Benitez. Narconon of Georgia continues to incorporate rehabilitation and social education methodology based on research developed by American author and humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard. For over a decade, the Georgia center has provided drug rehabilitation and recovery services to individuals that are dealing with alcohol and substance abuse. Additionally, they offer drug education and are involved in community outreach programs. Their motto is “Recovery is more than a dream...” For more information visit their website at or call toll-free 877-413-3073.

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