DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - Our hospitals and police are battling what they call an epidemic of designer drugs. Not only are they deadly and addictive, they're sold in stores all over our area.
That's why over the last year, the Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association and law enforcement agencies have teamed up to create a Designer Drug Task Force.
At Tuesday's monthly task force meeting, Clark County Sheriff Gene Kelly showed off a new substance that his office started hearing about just last week called Thai Octane.
The sheriff says they have no idea what it's made of, but know it's causing erratic and potentially dangerous behavior. He is warning parents to be on the look out for these types of substances.
"Compounds are unknown. They are coming from foreign countries into the United States. They are deadly, they're dangerous. People act very, violent, irrational. We had the meeting today about people not knowing why they drove 100 mph and crashed. These compounds alter the state and mood of the body and we don't know what's in them yet," said Sheriff Kelly.
The Attorney General's Office says legislation passed in 2011, banning bath salts and other compounds, has been effective in getting some of these substances off store shelves.
But, he says it's still a problem and that's why they are working to pass a new law that would tighten the existing ban.
Trotwood-Madison school officials prepare for snow with their football team headed to Massillon for the state championship game.
Waynesville rescue crews rescued nine people after a minivan slammed into a house.
Clayton police are investigating a possible OVI crash.
Firefighters evacuated the Northmont High School auditorium Wednesday night after smoke filled the auditorium.
A Winter Storm Watch will take effect late Thursday night through late Friday night for most of the area.