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Coalition Meeting Addresses Synthetic Drugs

Published: May 29, 2012 2:55 AM EDT



What:   Meeting of the Lee County Coalition for a Drug-Free Southwest Florida

When:   June 7, 2012, 12:00 Noon

Where: Suncoast Community Center, 2241 Case Lane, North Fort Myers, FL


LEE COUNTY, Florida (May 29, 2012) The emerging threat of Spice, K2 and other synthetic drugs will be addressed at the June 7 Lunch and Learn Meeting of the Lee County Coalition for a Drug-Free Southwest Florida.  April Thompson, Prevention Specialist, Southwest Florida Addictions Services will present: “Synthetic Drugs: Identification and Prevention: An Overview” and will include prevention information for families.  The meeting is free and open to the public.


“K2” or “Spice”, available at many convenience stores as bath salts or incense, can cause rapid heart rates, elevated blood pressure, hallucinations, severe agitation, seizures, anxiety and vomiting when smoked.  While many communities are working on a ban, frequent changes in the makeup of the product make prevention the most effective tool in the battle against these substances.


Herbal incense is often sold in candy-like packaging with names such as Happy Hour, Mr. Smiley, Zombie Butter, Dead and Berried and Cherry High.  While labeled “not for human consumption”, the substance is smoked or ingested as “artificial marijuana”.


This Lunch and Learn program begins at 12:00 noon.  Following the presentation, tours of the Suncoast Community Center will be available, and the award winning Suncoast Archery Team will give a demonstration, showing some alternatives to drugs available to youth in the North Fort Myers neighborhood.


More information on this program is available at; or by calling (239) 931-9317.  Parents and youth leaders are encouraged to attend.



For More Information Contact:

Deborah Comella

Executive Director

Coalition for a Drug-Free Southwest Florida

PO Box 61688

Fort Myers, FL  33906

WORK:  (239) 931-9317


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