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Most parents, likely don't know about "Sally D." However, a lot of their children do. And it's something moms and dads, especially of teens, ought to become aware of, along with exploring whether their kids are experimenting with it in any way.

As we learned the other night from an Eyewitness News I-team report, Salvia Divinorum, or "Sally D" as teens call it, is a powerful hallucinogen that is emerging as a popular and legally available herb that can be grown or purchased locally and smoked to get high.

Salvia isn't harmless. A Drug Enforcement Agency publication says, it "has no approved medical uses in the United States." When smoked, it induces illusions and hallucinations that can result in violent reactions.

Several nations and a few states have banned Salvia. In Utah, however, smoke shops carry Salvia legally. It can be easily purchased over the Internet. And that makes it difficult for narcotics detectives to do anything about it.

In KSL's view, the legislature should take action to control the sale of Salvia Divinorum before the illicit use of the accessible hallucinogen spreads. That wasn't done in a timely way with Meth, and now we have a devastating epidemic. Preemptive action now with "Sally D" would likely spare countless families the horror of losing a loved one to the relentless tentacles of drug abuse.

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