Florida Gov. Rick Scott Adds Newest Designer Drugs to Controlled Substances List

27 new designer drugs added to list including K2, spice and bath salts

Thursday, Apr 25, 2013  |  Updated 6:12 AM EDT
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This Feb. 15, 2010, file photo shows a package of K2, a concoction of dried herbs sprayed with chemicals.

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Authorities Crack Down on Synthetic Drug Trade

Two Palm Beach County homes were busted as part of a nationwide effort to crack down on the synthetic drug trade. The busts in South Florida and around the country are focusing on the manufacturers, distributors and sellers of synthetic marijuana and bath salts. DEA administrator Michele Leonhart said any person trafficking the drugs can expect to spend up to 20 years in jail.

Cops, School Officials Come Together for Synthetic Drug Symposium

The Dangerous and Deadly Imitation Drug Symposium, or DIED, was a chance for educators and officers to get synthetic drugs out of local stores. Dr. Jim Hall and Broward Sheriff Al Lamberti spoke about synthetic drugs.
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Florida Gov. Rick Scott has signed into law a measure that adds 27 new designer drugs to the state's controlled substances list.
 
The bill (HB 619) was signed on Wednesday. The new law now makes it a third-degree felony for someone to make or sell the drugs, or possess them with intent to sell.

Authorities Crack Down on Synthetic Drug Trade
 
Attorney General Pam Bondi explained that the drugs have street names such as "incense," "potpourri," "K2," "spice" and "bath salts."
 
The synthetic drugs can cause hallucinations, seizures, paranoia and psychotic episodes, among other symptoms.

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