Proos: New synthetic drugs identified

LANSING—Sen. John Proos announced today that recently enacted laws that allow the state to identify and ban new forms of synthetic drugs have already had a positive impact on reducing crime in our state. New forms of designer drugs have been identified, and state officials are working to add them to the list of banned synthetic drugs in Michigan.

“Designer drugs, commonly sold as bath salts or incense, are actually dangerous substances that are harming Southwest Michigan, especially our young people,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “The recent identification of new forms of these drugs shows that manufacturers of products previously sold under the brand names Spice and K2 are still trying to get around the law by continuously changing their compounds.

“Legislation enacted this year has allowed state officials to keep up with these producers, and keep these toxic substances out of Southwest Michigan stores.”

Public Acts 180-183 of 2012 allows the Department of Community Health (DCH) and the Board of Pharmacy to immediately file emergency rules to ban dangerous designer drugs by listing them as controlled substances in order to protect the public from harm.

“Synthetic drugs products have been linked to several deaths and hospitalizations, yet many teenagers and parents do not know the dangers these products pose,” Proos said. “As health and law enforcement officials work to protect our communities from these substances, I urge all Southwest Michigan families to be as vigilant about these products as you would other conventional drugs – since they can be just as dangerous and deadly.”

If residents see anyone selling a synthetic drug, they are encouraged to report it to the Michigan State Police by calling (855) MICH-TIP or reporting the tip online at: www.michigan.gov/designerdrugs.

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Editor’s Note – Audio comments by Sen. Proos are available on the senator’s webpage at www.SenatorJohnProos.com. Click on “Podcasts.”