Capitol to lobby on the dangers of synthetic drugs.
Members of "neids"... "nurses educating on illegal drugs and synthetics"... will speak to senators at a hearing tomorrow about the medical effects of synthetic compounds... which can often lead to death.
Three bills that would ban these compounds... are currently in the senate committee on criminal justice.
Lubbock state senator charles perry is one of the authors.
The city of lubbock banned the substances in march 20-13.
Vern and jerrie pharr "far" with neids are pushing for a statewide ban.
0:24 vern pharr: The hospitals here in Lubbock, we are looking and we are very involved in trying to take care of these patients and trying to be ready for these patients, but with the varying compounds that come out, it's hard for us to do that sometimes.
So we just want to get this whole thing banned with legislation so it just goes away.
That would be the best for our community.
/ 0:13 jerrie pharr: i want it out.
I want it out of Texas.
I want it out of the nation.
We need to get rid of this compound, all synthetics, anything that's man-made that can be used to harm or kill needs to be gone.
The nurses say they see multiple patients in the e-r every week under the influence of synthetic drugs.
That number... has improved significantly...down from ten to twenty cases a day... before the compounds were banned in lubbock.
But... the nurses say three to four patients a week is still too many.
Texas tech administrators report the