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[s31] Sen. Merritt to Help Lead National Conversation on Synthetic Drug Laws
Start Date: 7/19/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 7/19/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
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STATEHOUSE (July 19, 2013) – State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) will help lead a nationwide discussion on efforts to stop the recent scourge of synthetic drugs at a Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America conference next week.

Merritt will speak to Coalition members and other drug-free advocates about Indiana’s history with synthetic drug laws at the organization’s conference in Austin, Texas from July 21 to 25. He will also discuss the General Assembly’s latest efforts to strengthen Indiana’s ban by making it illegal to possess or sell look-alike synthetic drugs, as prior state law only prohibited substances identified as synthetic drugs based on their chemical makeup.

“Indiana has been a national leader in fighting this dangerous new drug trend that quickly rose in popularity among youths and absolutely devastates families,” Merritt said. “We have been chasing these compounds – among them Spice and Bath Salts –  for a few years now, and manufacturers kept churning out new, not-yet-illegal substances to inflict on our young people. I think this year’s ban on known synthetic drugs and their ‘look-alikes’ will prove to be a model for other states and hopefully eradicate these poisons.”

Merritt, who authored the look-alike ban, will also share recent reports from the Indiana Poison Center that show the state’s synthetic drug ban is working to reduce overdoses. He will be joined for his presentation by Randy Miller, executive director of Drug Free Marion County.

“Our state has an incredible network of passionate and dedicated Hoosiers who work tirelessly to keep Indiana’s neighborhoods safe, healthy and drug-fee,” Merritt said. “We have made important gains to reduce synthetic drug use, and though the fight is not over, I believe other states will benefit from hearing Indiana’s story.”

Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America is a membership organization focused on keeping communities across the country drug-free.
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Name: Molly Johnson
Phone: 317-234-9133
Email: mjohnson@iga.in.gov
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