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Third Round Of Synthetic Drug Legislation Bans “Look-Alikes”

Look-alikes are substances similar to already banned drugs, but do not necessarily contain anything on the state’s list of banned compounds.

spice and k2

Photo: U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency

Spice and K2 are two brands of synthetic marijuana.

State lawmakers hope the third time’s the charm as they seek to eliminate the sale and use of synthetic drugs, often referred to as bath salts.

This year marks the third consecutive session with legislation outlawing synthetic drugs. But Indianapolis Republican Jim Merritt, who has shepherded the effort in the Senate all three years,  says state lawmakers and law enforcement know much more now and believe they have hit on as lasting solution.

Merritt says, the last two years, the legislature banned certain chemical compounds in the drugs, even giving the State Board of Pharmacy emergency rule-making power to do so.

“Government is not quick enough to work towards the pharmacy end where they have compounds with the Board of Pharmacy,” Merritt says.

Legislation this year bans “look-alikes,” anything that’s substantially similar to the banned drugs but does not necessarily contain anything on the state’s list of banned compounds.

Merritt says the look-alikes are easy to spot, as they serve no purpose other than drug use. The bill also creates potentially harsher penalties for retailers who sell the drugs.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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