Friday, March 08, 2013

Warning About Synthetic Drugs: K2, Spice, Bath Salts

In advance of spring break season, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi warns students about the dangers of synthetic drugs. Synthetic drugs, sometimes referred to as “incense,” “potpourri,” “K2,” “spice,” and “bath salts,” can cause psychotic episodes, hallucinations, seizures, paranoia, tremors, and more, says Bondi.

According to the Drug Abuse Warning Network report, more than 11,000 emergency room visits nationwide involved a synthetic cannabinoid product in 2010, and the majority of the visits were from kids ranging from 12-17. 

In December, Attorney General Bondi announced an emergency rule banning additional synthetic compounds, and this legislative session, she is working with Senator Bradley and Representative Ingram to permanently ban 23 synthetic compounds.

“Synthetic drugs are extremely dangerous substances that are being marketed to our youth,” stated Attorney General Pam Bondi. “I urge students across the state to stay away from these drugs, and I remind retailers that carrying these substances is illegal under Florida law.”

Since taking office, Attorney General Bondi has been dedicated to protecting Floridians from synthetic drugs. In 2011, Attorney General Pam Bondi signed an emergency rule that temporarily outlawed MDPV, commonly known as "bath salts." 

Attorney General Bondi has worked closely with the Florida Legislature over the past two legislative sessions to add cathinones, commonly known as “bath salts,” and cannabinoids, commonly known as “K2” or “Spice,” to the schedule of controlled substances.

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