Macoupin County has followed through on a promise and is now one of the first counties in the state to enact a comprehensive ban of the sale and possession of synthetic drugs. The use of synthetic drugs has been on the rise and sales of the drugs have been targeting youth across the nation. Earlier this week, the Macoupin County Board approved an ordinance that appears to be tougher than the legislation passed at the state level last year.
The measure will ban the sale, delivery, and possession of synthetic drugs and put into place significant fines and penalties to those in violation of the new laws. County Board Chairman Andy Manar says this is a growing problem in the county.
As part of the ordinance, youth offeners would be required to go through a counseling program. The County Board complimented State’s Attorney Jennifer Watson, Sheriff Don Albrecht, and the Anti-Meth Coalition for their continued advocacy of the issue and dedication in searching for solutions.