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[multiple] [s31] Sen. Merritt: New Laws Working to Curb Synthetic Drug Use in Indiana
Start Date: 7/16/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 7/16/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
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STATEHOUSE (July 16, 2013) – State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) applauds the results of a new Indiana Poison Center report indicating a dramatic decline in synthetic drug abuse among Hoosiers.


“The numbers released by the Indiana Poison Center are proof that our new laws aimed at getting these poisons off of store shelves and out of the hands of young Hoosiers are working,” Merritt said.  “While the data is very encouraging, lawmakers, law enforcement officers and families must remain vigilant in the fight to keep synthetic drugs out of our communities.”


The latest report shows a significant drop in the number of calls made to the Indiana Poison Center related to synthetic drug use. Specifically, the data shows an 86 percent decrease in reported overdoses of “Bath Salts” since 2011, when the first synthetic drug ban was passed. The data also shows a 61 percent decrease in “Spice” overdoses over the same time period.


Merritt advanced Senate Enrolled Act 536 in the General Assembly this year to further strengthen Indiana’s original synthetic drug ban. SEA 536 made it illegal to possess or sell “look-alike” synthetic drugs so that manufacturers could not manipulate product ingredients to avoid criminal charges. 


The new law took effect this April and the Indiana Poison Center reported a continued decline in both “Spice” and “Bath Salts” overdose reports.


Before synthetic drug laws were introduced in our state, Indiana’s rate of abuse for certain synthetic drugs more than doubled the national average.


“Synthetic drug use quickly became an epidemic in Indiana, with these products cropping up in convenience stores and gas stations across the state,” Merritt said. “These drugs provide absolutely no value to society, have dangerous and destructive side effects, and fuel a culture of casual drug use. I am energized to see Indiana’s rates dropping and I pledge to continue this fight.”



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Name: Molly Johnson
Phone: 317-234-9133
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