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Metro PD video: 'Synthetic drugs kill people'

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Police said packaging on most synthetic drugs appear to have harmless inscriptions and designs. (LVMPD/YouTube) Police said packaging on most synthetic drugs appear to have harmless inscriptions and designs. (LVMPD/YouTube)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

Las Vegas Metro police released a video on YouTube Wednesday on what officers are doing to stem the emergence of synthetic drugs.

In the video, Metro's Narcotics Bureau advises of the dangers presented in synthetic drugs like "spice" and "bath salts," citing recent news stories involving the use of the alternative forms of cocaine and marijuana.

"These drugs are killing people," Metro Narcotics Lt. Laz Chavez said in the video. "The drug-users are putting the lives of others in danger, since a person on bath salts can exhibit bizarre and violent behavior far more severe than the effects of PCP."

Police also cite recent incidents in the Las Vegas-area in which drug takers lost their lives. The video notably alludes to the death of a 22-year-old college student who fell to her death during an alleged drug trip following last month's Electric Daisy Carnival.

Police advise viewers on the seemingly harmless packaging of these drugs, with some inscribed with bogus disclaimers and harmless-sounding phrasing like "potpourri" and "plant feeder."

The video's release comes a week after a synthetic drug operation was raided in Las Vegas as part of a multi-city, nationwide crackdown by the Drug Enforcement Agency.

In February, Nevada passed legislation to ban the sale of synthetic drugs.

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