Sen. Jim Merritt wants synthetic drug penalties on par with cocaine and heroin offenses.
The Indiana Poison Center is seeing fewer overdoses on bath salts and spice since legislation restricting synthetic drugs passed in 2011.
The state’s attorney general says he is prepared to defend a new law aimed at stopping the sale of synthetic drugs if it is challenged in court.
Look-alikes are substances similar to already banned drugs, but do not necessarily contain anything on the state’s list of banned compounds.
A Senate committee has approved a bill to suspend merchant retail licenses for one year if they are caught selling the drugs.
The meetings were called after an Indianapolis teen was hospitalized because she used synthetic drugs allegedly purchased at a local gas station.
The Indiana State Police had a grace period for retailers to turn in synthetic drugs, but only a few took advantage of the service.
Lawmakers approved a measure this session that makes it more difficult for convenience stores to sell synthetic drugs.