Thursday in Borger
, one family along with city officials addressed the issue of synthetic marijuana after a nightmare situation.
It affects everyone differently, synthetic marijuana commonly known as K2 is a drug that officials say is similar to Russian roulette, if you keep playing, it will kill you. For one Borger citizen it almost did.
"November 25th of last year, my son tried to take his own life under the influence of synthetic marijuana," said April Gibbs Concerned Citizen. "Now we're just here to educate the community on how bad it is, how easy accessible it is and just maybe save a life."
Their nightmare of a story is why this family decided to tell their story and witness about the effects of using synthetic marijuana.
"If any kid is toying with the idea of even trying it, maybe after they hear Brandon's testimony, or the doctors about the effects, maybe it will deter them from trying it. If we could save a or two it would be well worth it," said Gibbs.
When Riggs approached the city with her family's story and determination to educate the community on all of the effects of synthetic marijuana, they jumped on board.
"As a parent and as a citizen myself, I don't want this stuff in my community," said Brandy Callahan Borger City Council. "From a legislative stand point, it is our job as a city and as a council to protect the health, safety and welfare of our citizens."
According to the CDC synthetic marijuana can cause multiple issues like psychosis, severe nausea, vomiting, flank or abdominal pain and heart issues.
Education about the drug is just the first step in a long term goal the city of Borger is reaching for.
"The second would be to look at the state law, look at the federal law and if you're a home rule city, which we are governed by city charter, then that gives those cities a little bit more leverage to create an ordinance," said Callahan.
By doing this, Borger hopes to eventually ban the use and sale of synthetic marijuana.
Borger city officials said that they have already begun to look at the 57 pieces of legislations in Texas, and though a decision has not been made they say some progress is being made.