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State’s synthetic drug ban and enforcement efforts set an example for states across the country

 

As synthetic drugs continue to make headlines across the country, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and the Illinois Poison Center (IPC) will be holding a legislative briefing in Washington D.C. on Wednesday, June 27 to educate lawmakers about the dangers of synthetic drugs, the state’s ban on the drugs and officials’ ongoing enforcement efforts.

The briefing, co-hosted by Representatives Danny Davis (D-Ill) and John Shimkus (R-Ill), will be held from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in 1310 Longworth House Office Building (Committee on House Administration room).   

“Synthetic drug use has grown rapidly, yet there are still many adults, especially parents and educators, who are unaware of the immense danger posed by these chemicals,” Madigan said. “Synthetic drugs were initially sold at stores giving the illusion to kids that they were safe, but the tragic deaths that followed have proven this wrong. Over the past year, my office and the Illinois Poison Center have waged a campaign to increase awareness to synthetic drugs and target retailers that continue offering these products for sale. These partnerships are critical to avoiding further tragedies due to synthetic drug usage.”

The IPC continues to work closely with the Attorney General to identify new trends in synthetic drug consumption, track synthetic drug retailers and provide medical expertise on these potentially deadly chemicals.

“The IPC has received reports of more than 700 cases of synthetic drug abuse and overdose in the last 18 months, most of these coming from Emergency Departments,” said Dr. Michael Wahl, Medical Director of the Illinois Poison Center. “Patients who have ingested synthetic drugs are often agitated, paranoid, hallucinating or have attempted suicide while under the influences of these drugs. These hazardous symptoms underline our dire need for a broader, nationwide ban of synthetic drugs.”

Illinois and approximately 43 other states have recently banned synthetic drugs from being sold. However, these bans targeting specific versions of the drugs can be ineffective as minor changes to the chemical make-up of these substances can create similar drugs not banned under the law.

An amendment to the Food and Drug Administration reauthorization bill (S. 3187) would ban the harmful chemicals commonly found in synthetic drugs, not simply specific versions of the drugs. Poisoning is the number one cause of injury-related death in the United States, surpassing deaths from motor vehicle accidents and firearms, in part due to increased risks like synthetic drugs.

We encourage you to join us to learn more about these drugs and why a federal ban of these dangerous chemicals is critical to combat the growing threat to public health and safety.                                                       

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