Legislature to crack down on synthetic drugs

Mar 7, 2012

A bill to crack down on the sale of synthetic drugs is moving through the legislature. Regan McCarthy reports the measure would add a number of chemicals to the state’s list of “controlled substances.”

Last year lawmakers passed a measure to outlaw the sale of synthetic drugs like bath salts or spice, but a similar bill is up again this year. Lawmakers say that’s because the drug makers have changed the chemical formula for the drugs making them legal again. Now Senator Greg Evers, a Republican from Pensacola says his proposal will take them back off the shelves.

“There’s a been a huge problem in my district and across the state and this good bill would help to protect the hard work of our attorney general, sheriffs, FDLE and others who have tackled this growing problem that we have.”

The measure passed unanimously and now returns to the House for review.