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Indiana Poison Center Reports Fewer Synthetic Drug Overdoses

The Indiana Poison Center is seeing fewer overdoses on bath salts and spice since legislation restricting synthetic drugs passed in 2011.

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State Sen. Jim Merritt, R-Indianapolis, wants to broaden the definition of what can be classified as a synthetic drug.

Synthetic drug use is down among Hoosiers, according to the Indiana Poison Center.

State lawmakers passed the first ban on synthetic drugs in 2011. The Indiana Poison Center reports an 86 percent decline in reported overdoses on a drug known as “bath salts” since the ban went into effect.

The number of Hoosiers overdosing on “spice” is also down.

“This poison control report shows we’re starting to make an impact,” says State Sen. Jim Merritt, R-Indianapolis. ”But I’m not going to rest until all of these are off shelves.”

This session Merritt advanced legislation to further restrict the sale of synthetic drugs. He says other states are looking at Indiana’s synthetic drug law, one of the country’s first, as they craft their own bans.

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  • Brett Nunn

    I WISH YOU GUYS WOULD SHUT THEM ALL DOWN START IN CUMBERLAND INDIANA AT THE BP HANDYSPOT ALL DAY AND NIGHT YOU SEE CRACKHEADS WAITING ON A FIX. AND WHY THE FUCK HAVE U NOT SHUT THAT PLACE DOWN THE FUCKIN POLICE STATION IS ACROSS THE STREET

  • Brett Nunn

    sAnd still nothing has changed people dying from spice but police don’t care about our kids your just as bad as the guys in the HANDYSPOT SELLING that shit like mad hatter darkness and numerous other brands they keep the shit in their silver minivans and usually meet people in meijer parking lot or dollar store parking lot just ask Rocky Lubana or Lucky or Paul its all u got to do is use a codename I always hear lil 12 year olds asking for a moneygram and they try to hide their spice and bath salts like were stupid I thought BP was gonna shutdown places for selling that crap

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