YORK COUNTY-- Authorities are holding a workshop in York County Monday evening to teach students and parents about the dangers of synthetic drugs and bath salts.

The Sheriff's Department is holding the seminar at 7 p.m. at the Tabb Library located at 100 Long Green Blvd.

According to York County Criminal Justice Planner Jack Fitzpatrick, a student almost died in school due to a reaction to Spice in September 2010.

Fitzpatrick says there may have been a different outcome if the student had gone home and the parents didn't get home until five.

Officials say the dangerous new synthetic drug 'bath salts' mimics the effect of cocaine.

According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, more kids are using the stimulant, which is easy to buy, especially online.

Experts warn that using the substances can result in hospitalization, long-term psychiatric problems and even death.

Last year, the DEA took emergency action to ban three synthetic stimulants used to make the bath salts.

Fitzpatrick said many young adults use the products so they hope to inform kids early.

Tonight's event is free and open to the public.

There will be another workshop held Dec. 10 from 7:00 until 8:30 p.m. at New Kent High School.

The workshops are sponsored by Colonial Community Criminal Justice Board, James City County Police Department and the Tri-Rivers Narcotics Task Force, Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center, York-Poquoson Sheriff's Office, the City of Poquoson Police Department, and Tabb Library.

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