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Rhonda Davis has a Masterís Degree in Strategic Leadership and has previously worked in education, real estate and insurance sales, and owned a promotional business. For the past seven years, she has been the full-time Marketing and Public ...
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Rhonda Davis has a Masterís Degree in Strategic Leadership and has previously worked in education, real estate and insurance sales, and owned a promotional business. For the past seven years, she has been the full-time Marketing and Public Relations Director for Jackson General Hospital who is responsible for increasing market shares and public image--while also involved in community outreach and education, fundraising and development, and various health-related initiatives. Rhonda is also a part-time Adjunct Professor at WVU-P, Jackson County Center, where she teaches Computer Science, Leadership, and Business Communications. She also stays busy volunteering with the Jackson County Anti-Drug Coalition, Jackson County Teen Court, Ripley Rotary, Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, American Heart Association, Jackson General Hospital Foundation, Allohawk Council of the Boy Scouts, ACS Relay for Life, and the Jackson County Community Foundation.

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By Rhonda Davis
July 18, 2012 12:01 a.m.

Recently President Obama signed the Synthetic Drug Abuse Prevention Act of 2012 into law as part of S. 3187, the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act <http://link.intraclick.com/c/443/c47c4a0a4c96d5f9f23853e64f7c3be53b1e887e61f94fe94ab346983c91b9dd> . This important piece of legislation provides a critical boost to our nation's efforts to address the threat of synthetic drugs. The legislation bans synthetic compounds commonly found in synthetic marijuana ("K2" or "Spice"), synthetic stimulants ("Bath Salts"), and hallucinogens, by placing them under Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act.
Although this Federal ban provides a valuable tool in keeping these dangerous substances off the shelves, we would encourage states that have not already done so to incorporate these substances into their state drug schedules to ensure that state law enforcement agencies have full authority to act against these substances. The Drug Enforcement Administration will continue to work with state and local authorities to investigate major distribution networks, but retail and community-level enforcement will continue to occur largely on a state and local level.
We expect that this law will have an impact on illicit sales of these newly scheduled synthetic drugs, at least in the short term. However, Federal and state agencies will have to continue to update the list of banned substances as new synthetic compounds emerge. In addition, some states and localities have also experienced success in using additional health, safety, or agricultural authorities to remove these substances from retail shelves.
Research shows that preventing drug use before it begins is a cost-effective, common-sense approach to promoting safe and healthy communities. In the coming weeks, ONDCP will be unveiling a Synthetic Drug Prevention Toolkit, which we hope will serve as a resource for communities dealing with this issue.
ONDCP is committed to partnering with our state, local, and community partners in addressing this challenge. As always, we are eager to hear from you on what you are seeing in your community and what is working in your own efforts.
Due to the efforts of the Jackson County Anti-Drug Coalition, West Virginia is one of the states that has already banned these synthetic substances. If you’re not aware of how big this problem is in our area, please try to attend one of the upcoming meetings held in the Ripley City Hall from 6-7 pm on the first Monday of every month. The next meeting is on Monday, August 6th. Be part of the solution!

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