Synthetic drug component bill heads to AL House

Published: Jul. 21, 2018 at 9:07 AM CDT
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DECATUR, AL (WAFF) - Alabama Senator Arthur Orr aims to make the list of illegal drugs in the state longer. His new bill already passed the Senate and is now headed to the House.

Orr said that synthetic drug use is evolving and this bill is the next step to stay ahead of drugs that may already be on the streets.

"It's very important to put these laws on the books so that we have a tool to combat the chemical drugs hitting the streets here in Alabama," said Orr.

One synthetic drug that is very well known is Spice, and has already been banned. Orr's bill is aimed to crack down on new designer drug components that can be extremely dangerous or even deadly.

Senate Bill 333 will add to the list of additional ingredients used to make illegal synthetic drugs. Orr said updating the law is important so that Alabama will be ready for substances that could already be in the state.

"If there's not a statute on the books that identifies the particular chemical compounds that are being used in these street drugs, arguably they are not illegal, so the law has to keep up with the chemists," said Orr.

Now that the bill is at the house, Orr expects a vote on it in two to three weeks.

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