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GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar is hosting a roundtable discussion on synthetic drugs with U.S. Drug Control Policy Director Gil Kerlikowske.

The meeting at 10 a.m. Thursday at Golden Valley City Hall will focus on efforts to curb abuse of synthetic drugs.

Klobuchar introduced legislation in March after a Minnesota teenager died and 10 other young people were hospitalized due to overdoses of the synthetic hallucinogen 2C-E during a party in Blaine. Her bill would ban 2C-E and eight similar designer drugs.

Controlling these drugs has been difficult. They’re often marketed on the Internet as legal “research chemicals” and makers often tinker with the formulas to try to stay a step ahead of the law.

Klobuchar, a former prosecutor, sits on a crime subcommittee with jurisdiction over drug control policy.

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