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An Iowa family is being honored by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy for its work to educate the public on the dangers of synthetic drugs.

The Rozga family of Indianola has been named one of its advocates for Action for 2013. Mike, Jan and their son Daniel have been raising awareness of the dangers of synthetic drugs ever since David Rozga’s death in 2010.

“Their persistence in anti-drug education and advocacy over the last two years has no doubt prevented dangerous synthetic drug use by youth in Iowa and throughout the nation, and likely has saved lives,” said Steve Lukan, Director of the Governor’s Office of Drug Control Policy.

Authorities say David killed himself after smoking synthetic marijuana or K2.

The family has worked with state and federal lawmakers to toughen laws on synthetic drugs. In May, a bill was signed into law in Iowa banning many of the ingredients used to make synthetic drugs. The Rozga family played a major role in moving that legislation forward.