Father's Plan to Ban Synthetic Drugs

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Lincoln, NE-- Lance Dyer lost his 14-year-old son to K-2, two years ago.

"[He] tried synthetic cannibis, one time, once," said Dyer. "Within 45 minutes to an hour with his first experimentation, he went through a psychotic break. He took a hand gun and shot himself in the head and I found him 24 minutes later."

Dyer says that his son, Dakota, had never used drugs in his life, nor did he have mental health issues or suffer from alcohol abuse.

"He made a series of mistakes over a 36- hour period and he paid the ultimate price for it," said Dyer.

Dyer's goal is to prevent other families to go through what he did. His plan of action utilizes a strategy, different from what others have tried in the past.

The Trunarc machine, a device that will help identify synthetic drugs like K-2, a synthetic form of marijuana whose chemical compound continuously changes.

"It has a very extensive narcotics library that will not only identify synthetic drugs, but it will identify pills, cocaine, heroine, ecstasy, it doesn't matter--it will identify it," said Dyer.

Although the Trunarc is expensive, costing more than $20,000 each, Dyer says it will help law enforcements in the field.

"If we seize it then it has to test at state lab before it goes to the prosecution," said Lancaster County Sheriff, Terry Wagner. "There's a huge time delay from when we see some of this stuff, and when it's seen by prosecution."

Wagner also says that law enforcement needs to get ahead of the synthetic marijuana, rather than chase it.

Dyer says that there is a new list of synthetic drugs released from China, that will make it more difficult to track it down. His plan to ban the drug: is to go through the Food and Drug Administration that would label it as a narcotic, rather than ban the chemical compound.

"We take and get away from line iteming the chemicals or creating classes of chemicals.What we do is redefine the definition of a designer drug. Any designer drugs i.e. synthetic [drugs] not regulated by the FDA, that is marketed, packaged, or designed to mimic or simulate a controlled substance, is to be labeled as a narcotic," said Dyer.

Dyer spoke with Senator Ken Schilz who introduced LB-811, a bill that would ban the synthetic drug in the hopes that lawmakers can take the new approach from the FDA. He also mentions that ten other states, including Colorado are in the process to use the FDA approach to ban the synthetic drugs.