University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

A message from the Office of U.S. Attorney Tim Purdon about synthetic drugs

“Newly developed synthetic drugs, generally referred to as synthetic psychedelics or synthetic hallucinogens have been identified in Grand Forks County and Polk County. There have been multiple overdoses of such drugs in the past thirty days, in addition to two deaths that may be linked to such synthetic drugs. These drugs have been seized by law enforcement in the area and have been in the form of multi-colored blotter paper and white powder. They have been referred to locally by many different names however the common theme is the hallucinogenic properties of these drugs and are like "acid".

On June 19, 2012, an emergency meeting was convened in Grand Forks in which multiple federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies were represented. This group made the decision to notify the public, through this notification, of the presence--and the extreme lethality--of these synthetic drugs. The agencies at this meeting are concerned that there may be a large quantity of lethal synthetic drugs on the street right now in the North Dakota/Minnesota market, specifically in the Grand Forks County and Polk County area. Citizens, particularly parents, are asked to be ever vigilant for any information about these drugs, and to immediately contact local law enforcement if they have any knowledge of these synthetic drugs and their proliferation.

The victims of these overdoses ranged in age from 14 to 19 so please discuss this with your children.”

If you have information to share or you want more information, contact the UND Ops Center at 777-2591.

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