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Ohio AG: Let the pharmacy board figure out illegal drugs are
He says keeping up with synthetic drugs by law isn't working

Jo Ingles
Ohio AG Mike DeWine wants the state pharmacy board to play a greater role in regulating synthetic drugs.
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Ohio has passed a law to crack down on synthetic drugs known as bath salts, but the people who manufacture those substances are finding ways to get around the law. As Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles, Ohio’s attorney general is trying to change that.

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When police in Ohio try to arrest someone for selling bath salts, they can run into problems with tests results of those substances. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says that’s because the drug makers have learned how to get around the new law by changing the formulation.

“What you have is people who are drug dealers who are chemists and people who are making a lot of money … constantly changing the formulation. They don’t care whether they kill people or not. They just care about making money.”

DeWine says the current method of defining specific chemical compounds by law is not working.  So he wants the Ohio Pharmacy Board to be able to continually update the list of illegal chemicals.  The head of the state board says he’s willing to do that.

Bath salts, which are often marketed under unique names and colorful packaging, can be cheap. And they can be dangerous.


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