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February 6, 2012

Meeting of the minds


ELIZABETHTOWN — "Stop shopping until they stop selling," he suggested. "You will then have won a battle.

"You are making it harder to get the stuff."


Lewis Town Supervisor David Blades, who spent 22 years in law enforcement, pointed out that scare tactics don't work. Instead, it's vital to educate students to the dangers and to get parents to understand their role.

"We all need to get on board and be part of the solution," he said.

The role of education was echoed by several speakers, especially the idea of having students spread the message.

Other suggestions included making informational materials available to schools, Social Services recipients and health-care providers; and to find out which establishments sell the products and urge them to voluntarily cease sales.

If that fails, it was suggested, boycott the merchants.

After the meeting, Sandberg said her bad experience with K2 was the first time she had ever smoked it.

Her friends, she said, didn't want to call for an ambulance because they were afraid of the consequences.

"I don't know what would have happened if my boyfriend wasn't there to drive me to the emergency room," she said.

"Every kid has to know about this, so I decided to tell my story even though when it first happened I was embarrassed."

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