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Drug dubbed "Smiles" killing teenagers

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There's a new warning about a drug that's getting more and more popular with teens, even killing some. Police across Indiana are sending out community alerts about the drug dubbed "Smiles." It's a white powder that looks like sugar or cocaine.  It's a synthetic drug. Police believe a lot of it comes from China. Synthetic drugs aren't new, but this one is one of the newest versions and like other drugs teens are the dealer's target.

Mishawaka Police Lt. Tim Williams compares the effect of Smiles to LSD or ecstasy. Users report they have powerful hallucinations. "These drugs and the actual symptoms that they're getting from it are matching the actual symptoms of a street drug. It can be taking by snorting, it can be sprinkled on food, you can put it in a drink. There's just so many different ways they try to take these things," says Williams. 

Experts warn one batch of "smiles" is different from another. Lieutenant Williams says these synthetic drugs aren't anything new to the Mishawaka Police Department. In fact, they've already had a number of juveniles hospitalized after taking them. "It's not something you can experiment with because that one time could be your last," he says.

Williams leads the DARE program in Mishawaka. He says kids have already heard about these new drugs, and they know where to get them. Williams says though the drugs may be originating in China, Hamilton County Police report a number of Smiles dealers operating in the Indianapolis area.  One of the most difficult things in tracking down the drug, is that it doesn't show up in drug tests.  That's why police across the state are urging parents to keep communication lines open with their kids.
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