Nichole Hannahs

Attorney General Attacks Synthetic Drugs

by Nichole Hannahs on November 15, 2012 at 6:54 am

Ohio’s Attorney General has a plan to take down synthetic drugs in the state.

Lawmakers made the sell of bath salts illegal in 2011, but this new proposed law would ban all synthetic drugs. The Executive Director of Muskingum Behavioral Health said chemists change the make-up of the drug to skirt the laws.

"They label it not for human consumption and that’s an out for them," explained Executive Director of Muskingum Behavioral Health Steve Carrel. "They say synthetic marijuana is actually an incense. It’s not to be smoked. Bath salts is used in baths. Well, this bath salt isn’t that kind of bath salts."

Carrel said that when the initial ban took place they saw a drop in the use of synthetic drugs, but it’s slowly making a comeback.

"They remember the good. If you smoke synthetic marijuana you may not feel as good as if you smoked pot, you may have a heart rate change, but you feel good and that’s what you remember."

Other side effects include hallucinations and a black out period. Attorney General Mike DeWine said his office will make it a priority to train local police on how to investigate synthetic drugs cases so charges hold up in court.