Indiana Pharmacy Board passes emergency rules banning 3 more synthetic drugs under 2012 law


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RICHMOND, Indiana — The Indiana Board of Pharmacy has passed emergency rules banning three compounds used in synthetic drugs such as spice and K2.

The rules were posted on Indiana Register on Nov. 5 and become effective in 30 days. A 2012 state law gives the board the power to ban such compounds until the General Assembly can reconvene. It is the seventh time the board has used its emergency rule-making powers to ban synthetic drugs.

Indiana Professional Licensing Agency Director Nicholas Rhoad says the drugs are typically sold under false pretenses to minors and the consequences can be lethal. He says the Board of Pharmacy is working to combat manufacturers who try to change the chemical design of these drugs to skirt state law and the retailers sell the products.

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