WAYNESFIELD — Waynesfield Police Chief Nathan Motter proposed a village-wide ordinance to ban the use, possession and sale of synthetic drugs within village limits during Monday’s Waynesfield Village Council meeting.
The goal of the legislation is to ban the substance which has become known as “bath salts,” a recreational hallucinative drug which has become a problem in the county since the beginning of the year.
The police chief said he would like to be proactive in eliminating potential problems. He noted he become aware of how big a problem it may be in the village when he discussed the drug’s use with a 17-year-old that he had questioned in the village.
He said he had used the drug with people ranging from 14 to their mid-40s. He said he knows of six or seven people in town who are addicted to it.
“It is only a matter of time before we have a serious problem,” Motter said.
Motter told councilors that in his opinion the drug is more dangerous than LSD because of the reactions it causes in humans. Earlier in the meeting during his police report, he told councilors of finding drugs with a canine unit four times in five stops recently.
All were in vehicles making trips from Lima to Columbus. He also reported of several vehicle and home break-ins and increased traffic through the town.
Motter reported there have been dramatic increases in traffic and that the drug trade is a likely culprit.
Councilors allowed a first reading on the ordinance, which was modeled off of the current ordinance banning the synthetic substances in Lima.
Motter said the ordinance was important mainly for two reasons.
“There is currently nothing at the state level to help us combat it,” Motter
said. “There is legislation attached to the state budget bill but it will not take affect for 90 days. The second reason is that I think the more cities and villages that pass something like this, it sends a strong message to the state and federal levels of government that something needs to be done.”