(WXIA) -- A Haralson County father has made it his mission to help the state crack down on designer drugs after his son's death.
Last year, 14-year-old Dakota Dyer committed suicide while using synthetic marijuana for the first time.
Now, Dakota's parents are trying to keep these drugs out of teenagers' hands by raising awareness about new information and technology to combat the synthetic drug industry.
Lance Dyer said he and his wife did not know synthetic marijuana existed until after their son's death.
"Prior to his death, we had never heard of synthetic drugs," he said. "My wife, 17 years in the medical field, had never heard of this. It had never come through their lab or their emergency room."
Douglas County Sheriff's Sgt. Jesse Hambrick said that, in a lot of ways, the manufactured drugs are more dangerous than real marijuana.