Monday, August 26, 2013 at 5:17 PM
Attorney General Mike DeWine is taking a new approach to rid the state of synthetic drugs.
Ohio has a lot of drug problems, according to Attorney General Mike DeWine. But one of the tougher ones for his office to deal with is synthetic drugs, often called “bath salts” or “spice”.
DeWine says the state is seeing fewer synthetic drugs that have been banned by state law, but says that the makers of these drugs are altering their chemical compositions so fast that the law can’t keep up with them. So DeWine says he wants a new law.
“What we will propose and what we want to work with the state Legislature on is legislation to give the state the ability to deem the drugs illegal as soon as they are found to be a risk to public health. We will ask the state Legislature to give the Ohio Attorney General’s office the authority to do that.”
And DeWine says since most of these drugs are made overseas, it’s hard to get to the manufacturers, so his office is starting to go after the businesses that sell them. The Attorney General’s office has filed 14 civil lawsuits against businesses and individuals accused of selling synthetic drugs, and DeWine says Bureau of Criminal Investigation agents have helped in more than a dozen synthetic drug related searches.
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