Free seminar on synthetic drugs

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With synthetic drugs drawing a lot of news coverage and discussion recently, local agencies are teaming together to present a seminar on the topic.
“The Ivory Wave Tsunami: Synthetic Drug Awareness” is a free seminar being presented from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. next Thursday at First Baptist Church in Vandalia.
Bruce R. Talbot, a nationally recognized expert trainer on drugs of abuse, will present the seminar.
Sponsors of the free seminar include the Fayette County Interagency Council, through a Scarpaci Foundation grant; Soroptimist International of Vandalia; Vandalia Chamber of Commerce and Vandalia Rotary Club.
Registration for the seminar on Thursday begins at 8 a.m., but those interested in attending may pre-register by contacting Mary Schulze at the Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campus by phone, 283-1780, or email, mschulze@kaskaskia.edu.
Talbot writes for the Illinois State Police quarterly publication on emerging drug trends, and has twice been called to testify before Congress as an expert witness on federal drug policy control legislation.
The Bolingbrook resident has appeared on the NBC Today Show and was recently interviewed by the Wall Street Journal about the deaths of three concert-goers due to the use of the drug Molly.
That drug, and other new designer drugs, such as bath salt cocaine and synthetic marijuana potpourri, will be covered in next Thursday’s seminar.
Those drugs, Talbot said, “are often much more potent than the plant-based drugs they mimic, producing higher rates of hospitalization.
“Community caregivers and first responders are often unaware of these and many other new drugs, which are not detectable on standard urine drug screening tests,” he said.