House approves Jones bill to prohibit addictive drug

Sen. Rick Jones

Sen. Rick Jones

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Rick Jones’ legislation to prohibit tianeptine sodium in Michigan will soon be sent to the governor.

“Abuse of this addictive compound has resulted in withdrawal symptoms that can be extremely painful and violent — leading many countries to already restrict its use,” said Jones, R-Grand Ledge. “Tianeptine sodium binds to opioid receptors in the brain like heroin and oxycodone do. The drug has not been approved by the FDA, but it is available to unsuspecting consumers on the internet.”

Senate Bill 801 would add tianeptine sodium to Michigan’s list of Schedule 2 controlled substances, making it illegal to sell or possess without a valid U.S. prescription.

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.

“I applaud the House on their quick action and look forward to seeing the governor help protect our communities from the impacts of this highly addictive and dangerous drug by signing this bill to prohibit it in Michigan.”

SB 801 was approved by the House of Representatives on Wednesday and will soon be sent by the Senate to the governor to be signed.