Parents Want Iowa to Ban Synthetic Drugs

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28)--Members of the community gathered this afternoon to remember a loved one and raise awareness about the dangers of synthetic drugs. "He hung himself on a doorknob." That’s the haunting image Gwen Meek found when she went to her son's room on august 26th. "It was horrifying to me because I didn't want to remember him that way. So I walked up and I touched him and he was cold and I turned around and I started hollering for him to call 911,” she said. Their 35 year old son Jerrald Meek was gone. They say they had noticed signs of trouble. After about 13 years in the military, Jerrald was suffering from depression. "You can actually make a circle in our house, and he would just walk around and have a blank stare on his face,” said Jerry Meek. Gwen and Jerry say he turned to synthetic drug K2 for comfort. They blame the drug for his suicide. That's why they organized this meeting, to remember Jerrald's life and call for an end to the sale of synthetic drugs. "It's still sold in some stores but as communities go forward and they pass ordinances to restrict the sale of that, that will make it more difficult for people to get their hands on,” said Curt Wheeler, ASAC Prevention Specialist. In addition to inviting folks from area substance abuse council and foundation 2 to speak, Jerry and Gwen asked attendees to sign a petition they hope will force lawmakers to ban such drugs in the state. "We don't want another mom and dad to have to go through what we've gone through.” They say it's the least they can do in memory of their son. "If we get K2 out of this state, part of it will be because at least his death mattered for something." There are some regulations of synthetic drugs in Cedar Rapids. In August, city leaders approved an ordinance that allows authorities to fine or criminally charge those who sell synthetic drugs based on false advertising or misbranding. 

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