— New Indiana Board of Pharmacy emergency rules ban four additional types
of compounds that are used in synthetic drugs such as spice and K2, the
agency announced Thursday.
The rules were
posted on Indiana Register on Wednesday and take effect in 30 days, the
board said. The rules will remain in effect until next year, giving the
General Assembly time to enact the rules into law.
A 2012 state law
gives the board the power to ban such compounds until the General Assembly
can reconvene. The law allows the Board of Pharmacy to pass emergency
rules so law enforcement agencies can take timely action against the
products can be lethal and are being marketed to and targeted at Indiana's
youth," Nicholas W. Rhoad, executive director of the Indiana Professional
Licensing Agency, which includes the pharmacy board," said in a news
release. "We are collaborating with the authorities to quickly respond to
these situations and make sure that these drugs aren't available."
Last month, four
high school students were treated at Columbus Regional Hospital after
becoming ill from smoking spice.
board says rogue chemists are constantly changing the chemical formulas of
their synthetic drugs to skirt the law. The board said it works closely
with the Indiana State Police to identify compounds used in synthetic
drugs so it can act swiftly to ban them.
Goodwin says it's the sixth time the Board of Pharmacy has banned
synthetic drugs under the 2012 law.
According to the
National Institute on Drug Abuse, spice products are second only to
marijuana in the use of illicit drugs by young people because of easy
access, a misperception that the products are natural, and not being
easily detected on drug tests.