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

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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