Bill to help get synthetic drugs off the street on the way to the governor’s desk

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Bill to help get synthetic drugs off the street on the way to the governor’s desk

LANSING— Legislation that establishes a system to ban dangerous new synthetic drugs in Michigan faster is on the way to the governor’s desk, saidsponsor Sen. Rick Jones.

“Synthetic drugs continue to be a problem that plagues Michigan communities,” said Jones, R-Grand Ledge. “This legislation gives the Department of Community Health director the ability to work with the Michigan Pharmacy to designate a substance causing imminent danger as a controlled substance.”

If Senate Bill 789 becomes law, the DCH director would contact the Michigan Board of Pharmacy if a substance was causing imminent danger. The board would then be required to hold a public hearing within 10 days to determine if the substance should be listed as a controlled substance.

The police would be able to stop sales immediately. The board could then give the Legislature up to a year, if necessary, to codify its decision into law.

“There are rogue chemists who create drugs to get people high for a profit,” Jones said. “Greedy people sell these drugs for a profit and couldn’t care less if people end up in the hospital in critical condition or die. I hope this legislation will make the process faster, make Michigan a safer place, and save taxpayers money by keeping people out of the emergency room.”

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