Nine Synthetic Substances Banned Across the United States

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The sale of synthetic marijuana, or K2, has been banned in several Northland communities, including Duluth, Superior, and Hermantown.

July 9, 2012 Updated Jul 9, 2012 at 2:39 PM CDT

Washington D.C. (Northland's NewsCenter) --- The bill that will put a ban on common synthetic substances, synthetic marijuana and bath salts has been signed into law by President Obama.

Nine synthetic substances including 2C-E, which led to the death of a Minnesota teenager and hospitalized several others, are now banned from use in synthetic drugs across the nation.

“In Minnesota and across the country, we are seeing more and more tragedies where synthetic drugs are taking lives and tearing apart families,” says Senator Amy Klobuchar, who added one of the amendments that would ban these substances. “Today’s action means that this critical legislation to give law enforcement the tools they need to crack down on synthetic drugs is finally the law of the land.”

The bill that the President has signed into law, the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act, amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act such as revising and extending the user-fee programs for prescription drugs and medical devices, and establish user-fee programs for generic drugs and biosimilars,

This bill will now also prevent drug shortages, by implementing a warning system for the FDA before critical drugs run out.

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