Senate approves Jones bill to prohibit painfully addictive drug

Sen. Rick Jones

Sen. Rick Jones

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Senate on Tuesday passed Sen. Rick Jones’ legislation to prohibit tianeptine sodium in Michigan.

“Tianeptine sodium is a painfully addictive compound that binds to opioid receptors in the brain like heroin and oxycodone,” said Jones, R-Grand Ledge. “Although this drug has never been approved by the FDA, it is available to unsuspecting consumers on the internet. To help protect our communities from the impacts of this highly addictive and dangerous drug, this legislation would prohibit the product in Michigan.”

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.

“This substance has been described by medical professionals as a combination of Xanax, Prozac and morphine,” Jones said. “Abuse of tianeptine sodium has resulted in withdrawal symptoms that can be extremely painful and violent — leading many countries to already restrict its use.”

SB 801 has been referred to the House of Representatives for consideration.