22 new synthetic drugs now illegal
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WFTX - Attorney General Pam Bondi has filed an emergency rule outlawing 22 new synthetic drugs, such as "bath salts".
Bondi was joined by law enforcement officers and a health practitioner as she announced the emergency rule Tuesday, designating new synthetic drugs as Schedule I of controlled substances.
This makes it a third-degree felony for an individual to “sell, manufacture, or deliver, or possess with intent to sell, manufacture or deliver" these drugs.
Health officials say synthetic drugs can cause psychotic episodes, hallucinations, seizures, paranoia, tremors, and more.
In 2010, poison centers nationwide responded to about 3,200 calls related to synthetic marijuana and bath salts. In 2011, that number jumped to more than 13,000 calls