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Friday, December 9, 2011

House Rules On Synthetic Drugs

Over the course of 2011 the controversial synthetic drugs like “bath salts” and “spice” has become a hot button topic as more and more people have ended up in the emergency room or lost their life. This is why the U.S. House voted yesterday to ban more than 30 synthetic drugs, including “bath salts” and “spice.” The Synthetic Drug Control Act would make it illegal to manufacture or dispense the drugs, ABC News reports.

The bill will give the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) more power to put temporary bans on new synthetic drugs while researchers have time to study the side effects. The bill passed by a vote of 317 to 98 and will now move to the Senate, according to ABC.

The new bill was introduced by Rep. Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania, who said in a statement that he first learned about the dangers of new synthetic drugs from his constituents. “Most shocking to me was the realization that these dangerous compounds could be purchased legally in stores across the country,” he said. “I knew then it was time for Congress to move to ban the sale of these emerging synthetic drugs, which have thus far demonstrated no medicinal value.”

Manufacturers of synthetic drugs have managed to evade the authorities by constantly changing and reformulating the ingredients used to make the drug making it harder for a ban to be imposed. Earlier this fall, the DEA announced it was temporarily banning three synthetic stimulants that are sold as bath salts. The ban makes it illegal to possess and sell these chemicals or the products that contain them. Banning drugs that have no apparent medical value is a good move as it will certainly keep more individuals out of the hospital.

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