Police, Lawmakers Battle New Forms Of Synthetic Drugs

MADISON, Ala. (WHNT)– By now most of us have heard of Spice, a synthetic form of marijuana. The drug has been outlawed in Alabama, but new forms of synthetics continue to hit the streets and the drug makers are targeting teens.

Law enforcement officers across the state say it is a constant battle. Every time a new form of drug is identified and the process begins at the capital to get it banned, another synthetic drug is already been created by the bad guys.

“As soon as you make it illegal they go back to the drawing board, change one part of that drug compound and now it is a new drug,” Madison Police Chief Larry Muncey told WHNT News 19 Friday.

In Montgomery, (R) Senator Arthur Orr hopes Senate Bill 333, which passed the Senate Thursday and will head to the House, will add to the growing synthetic drug laws in our state. The bill adds several new synthetic drug compounds to the list of those outlawed in Alabama.

“This continues to be a challenge for law enforcement and lawmakers to play catch up with the ever-changing drug scene,” Muncey added.

For More information about Alabama Laws currently on the books dealing with synthetic drugs CLICK HERE.

According to police, synthetic drugs are usually marketed as herbal incense, bath salts, jewelry cleaner, potpourri, or plant food and are typically smoked or inhaled.

People who abuse synthetic drugs have been subject to a variety of side effects, such as vomiting, hallucinations, elevated blood pressure, loss of consciousness and seizures.

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