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State Proposes Ban on New Synthetic Drugs
COLUMBUS -- Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Ohio State Board of Pharmacy Executive Director Kyle Parker announced today a new plan to quickly ban new chemical compounds being abused as synthetic drugs.
If approved, the rule would allow the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy to classify the new chemical compounds, and any future compounds with a similar chemical structure, as schedule one drugs.
"In the past, criminal chemists have been able to bypass Ohio's laws by slightly modifying the chemical compounds of banned synthetic drugs, but this new rule will also ban future alterations," said Ohio Attorney General DeWine.
Under Ohio law, the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy has the authority to classify compounds as controlled substances through the administrative rule process if the substances have a high potential for abuse. This process eliminates the need to go through the legislature each time a new synthetic drug is created.
Specifically, the proposed rule will ban PB-22 and 5F-PB-22, drugs that began surfacing in the first five months of 2013, directly following the passage of House Bill 334 in December 2012. DeWine said House Bill 334 banned all synthetic drugs that existed at that time.
The board concluded that the new chemical compounds have a high potential for abuse, have no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, and lack accepted safety for use even under medical supervision.
Based on those findings, the board will present the proposed administrative rule to Governor Kasich for emergency signature. If the Governor signs the rule, it would be enacted for 90 days, pending a public comment period and final approval by JCARR, (Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review).
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