Recent incidents in Indianapolis have refocused attention on the threat of synthetic drugs.
One notable case: A 17-year-old girl recently needed hospital care after using synthetic drugs she reportedly bought from a gas station.
In response, state Sen. Jim Merritt, R-Indianapolis, has called a meeting to plan strategies for eliminating synthetic drugs from the market. Merritt has invited the Indiana State Police, federal Drug Enforcement Administration, the state attorney general’s office, Indiana Sheriff’s Association and the Indiana Prosecuting Attorney’s Council to gather this week.
Last year, Indiana legislators outlawed the ingredients in widely sold synthetic drugs such as Spice and K2.
This year, the Legislature approved another law that says retailers caught selling banned synthetic drugs could lose their business licenses for up to one year.
“If the pending investigation finds this Indianapolis gas station sold the girl synthetic drugs, I’m absolutely calling for its retail license to be suspended,” Merritt said. “They’ve had formal notice of the outlawed substances and the penalties for selling them.”
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