It's like a race — a contest between predators on our young people, and government chemists.
The winner will either get more junky, pseudo-drug products to market in advance of their ilk being banned, or chemists and cops will get the word out to teens and their families before anyone gets hurt by the latest fad.
Authorities locally and statewide concede they are unable to keep up with the production of packets of, for example, bath salts, plant food and incense that young people think or hope is a substitute for, say, marijuana.
You see these items cluttering convenience store checkout counters.
Legislators do their best to keep up with seemingly endless bans. If the manufacturers have no conscience, then families, law enforcement officers and others are left to fill in the void.
It gets old and the fight never ends. But it is worth it. We have to keep up the vigilance in spreading the word at every turn. That stuff is bad news and is not good for our community.