PROVIDENCE—This past Friday, North Kingstown Police Chief Thomas Mulligan was recognized for his hard work and dedication against issues involving the illicit use of synthetic drugs. The Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office presented honored Mulligan and other recipients at a dinner ceremony, and the police chief was humbled by the recognition.
“I wasn’t doing anything more than a lot of what my counterparts have done in other communities,” said Mulligan. “Some have done just as much.”
In July, Gov. Lincoln Chafee passed legislation banning the sale of a group of synthetic drugs which have, up until recently, been available for consumption over the counter. Referred to commonly as synthetic pot and bath salts, the drugs have been found to elicit uncontrollable violence and delirium among users, as well as vomiting and other health problems.
Locally, Mulligan said synthetic drugs have been sold at a number of local businesses and last year decided to take matters into his own hands, going to Quorries Convenience Store on Post Road to see if he could easily purchase a synthetic drug.
“You find [the synthetic drugs] at hole-in-the-wall convenience stores or head shops,” said Mulligan. “Some of the street names out there for them are ‘spice’ or ‘lion’s tail. [Former] attorney general James O’Neill had keyed on me because I had gone out, using my own money, to purchase [the drugs] and express that yeah, you can get this stuff over the counter.”
For the rest of this story and more local news, pick up the Sept. 12 issue of the Standard Times.