Police say synthetic drugs may be to blame for the overdose spike near Wheeler Mission.
The Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council held an educational summit to address misinformation about marijuana and synthetic drugs.
The law bars the sale of certain compounds and look-alikes, while allowing the pharmacy board to add new compounds to the list of banned substances.
Lawmakers first passed a law in 2011 banning a list of synthetic drugs, but manufacturers stayed a step ahead by changing their compounds.
Sen. Jim Merritt, R-Indianapolis, authored Senate Bill 93, which would list all illegal substances used in these drugs within the state’s administrative code.
Senate Bill 278 addressed over 80 synthetic drug compounds.
The Drug Enforcement Administration raided wholesalers and retailers in 29 states Wednesday.
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.