Salina, Kan. -- The potpourri problem -- or use of synthetic drugs -- just won't go away in many Kansas communities.
"We're aware that it's happening in Salina," says Captain Mike Sweeney with the Salina Police Department.
A Salina father called the KAKE TV newsroom Wednesday frustrated with his son's addiction smoking K-2 and other potpourri products he says his son bought at two convenience stores there.
Sweeney says, "It's as frustrating just as much for us as it is to the parents and the other people who are affected by this type of activity."
"It's a synthetic chemical and it's supposed to simulate such drugs as meth-amphetamine, cocaine and marijuana."
Captain Sweeney says the chemists change the chemical formula depending on what drug is being mimicked.
He says the so-called chemists use potpourri as the base because it can be crushed and easily smoked. Then they lace it or mix in the synthetic drugs which give the smoker the high. It's placed in all sorts of differently named packages and sole in the stores -- sometimes over the counter, sometimes under the counter.
Sweeney says, "We do know it's being sold. And we are closely monitoring it. But as far as any criminal violations, there haven't been."
"We are closely monitoring to make sure that every chemical that they have is not listed to be illegal."
"The people who choose to buy this product and smoke it they're taking their life in their own hands."