SALINA -- Salina Police call it "the worst drug outbreak they've seen in years." But it's not meth or pot. It's the so-called designer drugs, some of which are still legal. And because at least 3 alleged large-scale makers have been busted in Salina recently, one group thought it was time to educate the professionals.
The designer drugs come in pretty packages with pretty names like potpourri, bath salts, K2, and some of them are still legal, and very dangerous.
That's why the Salina Human Resource Management Association along with Saline County authorities called more than 250 pros together Thursday. They included counselors, hospital workers and police officers, all hearing and seeing that the problem is getting out of hand this year in their town.
Police say Kansas is trying to play catch up. Legislators can't outlaw the drugs fast enough to keep up with the pushers making the different varieties of the drugs. Salina Police say the community needs the information, fast.
Some say it's no different than if a tornado was bearing down on their city.
Thursday's sessions were the first held by Salina PD. While there are at least two cases against alleged pushers still open in Salina, they say knowledge is the second best tool to stop the trend.