Kids aren't the only ones falling prey to the drugs; adults who have struggled with their side effects want teens to listen up.
Angela Platt ended up at Acadia after using synthetic marijuana for two years.
"It caused me to have rages. It caused me to go into a deep depression. I would pull my hair out. I would cut on myself. I thought I was losing my mind," Platt said.
Kent Prather injected bath salts. By the end of the day, he was paralyzed from the neck down. It took months of rehabilitation and a lot of work to get him moving again.
"I'd rather just take a revolver and put a bullet in it and play Russian Roulette," Prather said. "It'd be safer than using these drugs."
Everyone seems to agree. Synthetic drugs are causing problems and they don't belong here.
"It's in our schools, it's everywhere and it really breaks my heart," Platt said.
"It's an issue here in Abilene that we need to face as a community," Prather said.
"As a community, we've got to say no," said Standridge.
Jacob Dosser hopes the community does say no.
"I want to grow up and have kids where the drugs are off the scene," Dosser said.
Something else to remember: because these chemicals are so new, nobody knows the long-term damage they can do.
If you or someone you know is struggling with an addiction, there are several resources in Abilene.
The White Pages list more than a dozen substance abuse counselors. Click here for that list.
We also worked closely with the Prevention Resource Center while compiling this story.
The address is 104 Pine, Suite 4, Abilene, TX 79601. The phone number is (325) 673-3503.