Attorney General bans additional synthetic drugs

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A slew of synthetic drugs have been banned under an emergency order Florida's Attorney General issued Tuesday. The so-called synthetic drugs are sold at convenience stores and head shops in packaging designed to appeal to young children and teenager and are often labeled as household products such as potpourri, bath salts or incense.

Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office
Published: Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 17:47 PM.

SHALIMAR — A slew of new synthetic drugs has been deemed illegal in the state of Florida, according to an emergency order the Attorney General issued Tuesday.

In response, deputies with the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office informed several local convenience stores and other shops that often sell the substances about the new bans and asked them to voluntarily hand over any of the banned merchandise.

“They can surrender (the drugs) or face enforcement action,” Sheriff Larry Ashley said at a news conference announcing the emergency order Tuesday afternoon.

The order makes it illegal to sell, manufacture, deliver or possess with intent to sell 22 substances classified as cannabinoids, cathinones and phenethylamines, according to a news release from the Office of the Florida Attorney General.

View a list of the banned substances.

The newly banned substances are designed to mimic the effects of drugs such as marijuana, amphetamines and LSD.

The so-called synthetic drugs are sold at convenience stores and head shops in packaging designed to appeal to young children and teenagers. The drugs are often labled as household products such as potpourri, bath salts or incense and labeled not for human consumption.



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