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ETX mother on K2: 'It's really just death in a bag'

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CLARKESVILLE CITY, TX (KLTV) -

Texas banned it two years ago, but some East Texas residents said drugs like synthetic marijuana are still being sold in their town.

Residents of Clarksville City in Gregg County said after the law passed, vendors changed chemicals in the drugs, meaning a legal high is as easy as going to a local gas station.

Now one mother is asking the town to ban it completely.

"It's really just death in a bag," said Lisa Gatlin. "It's death in a little bottle and for right now it's all legal and it's all for sale directly across the street from my home. We don't want the store shut down, we just want you to limit what you sell. Don't sell Dr. Pepper and bath salts. Don't sell bubble gum and K2."

Gatlin said her two children were both addicted to the drug. Her 16-year-old son Chance is currently spending a year in rehab, after stealing drugs from a store while high. Her 19-year-old daughter said she did K2 for two years, until finally kicking the habit just three months ago.

"It's ridiculously addictive," said Gatlin's daughter Laura Coffman. "You're shaky. You see things that aren't there. You hear things that aren't there. You talk to people who aren't there."

Coffman said its popularity is only helped by the ease of access to the drug.

"You can walk to the store, show them your ID and get it," she said. "Sometimes you don't even have to show your ID and they'll give it to you, because it's legal."

Texas banned certain chemicals in synthetic drugs, like K2, in 2011, but Gatlin said vendors get around it simply by changing their formulas.

Gatlin has her sights specifically aimed at Briana's Stop and Shop in Clarksville City. On Thursday, KLTV observed people buying bags of potpourri and other substances at the store, which typically cost customer $20 per bag.

The store manager said the store keeps all the paperwork listing which chemicals are in the products they sell and adds that all of them are still legal.

"I want it away from my home," Gatlin said, "I want my son to be able to come home and not know that his demons are right across the highway."

Clarksville City officials said they are currently working with both Gregg county officials and state legislators to figure out a way to control what they are calling an epidemic.

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