Legislation to ban some synthetic drugs has passed the U.S. Senate as part of a broader bill covering several pharmaceutical and medical issues.
Anoka County Attorney Tony Palumbo sees the growing dangers of synthetic drugs first hand. His office is among the first in the state to prosecute homicide charges relating to these so called bath salts.
A law that was put into effect in Minnesota this summer was supposed to stop the sale of synthetic drugs. However, test results from the state’s largest lab show it’s not that simple.
Jim Carlson is not the only person who sells synthetic drugs in Minnesota.
It is a dangerous high, relatively new to the drug scene that can be deadly. Synthetic drugs have already cost at least two Minnesotans their lives.
Police have raided a Duluth head shop that has openly sold synthetic marijuana, “bath salts” and other designer drugs, and a clerk says officers have arrested the son of the owner.
They’ve been marketed for years as safe and legal alternatives to controlled drugs, substances like marijuana and cocaine, but synthetic substitutes sold online have claimed another Minnesota life.
U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar is hosting a roundtable discussion on synthetic drugs with U.S. Drug Control Policy Director Gil Kerlikowske.
Synthetic substances that mimic marijuana, cocaine and other illegal drugs are making users across the nation seriously ill, causing seizures and hallucinations and even killing some people.
One person is dead and 10 more are hospitalized, including two in critical condition after a mass overdose, according to police.