Governor signs Jones bill to prohibit addictive drug

Sen. Rick Jones

Sen. Rick Jones

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Rick Jones’ legislation to prohibit tianeptine sodium in Michigan was signed on Thursday by the governor.

“I applaud the governor and my legislative colleagues on their quick action to protect our communities from the impacts of this highly addictive and dangerous drug,” said Jones, R-Grand Ledge. “Abuse of tianeptine sodium has resulted in withdrawal symptoms that can be extremely painful and violent — leading many countries to already restrict its use.”

Senate Bill 801, now Public Act 107 of 2018, adds tianeptine sodium to Michigan’s list of Schedule 2 controlled substances, making it illegal to sell or possess without a valid U.S. prescription.

“The addictive drug has not been approved by the FDA, but it is available on the internet to unsuspecting U.S. consumers,” Jones said.

Jones said that tianeptine sodium was developed in France, where a suggested dosage of the drug as an antidepressant is 10-12 mg. However, it is being found to be administered by people without prescription at 500-3,000 mg.