Wisc. synthetic drug legislation heads to Governor

By KBJR News 1

Wisc. synthetic drug legislation heads to Governor

January 21, 2014 Updated Jan 21, 2014 at 5:58 PM CDT

Madison, WI (NNCNOW.com) - Wisconsin lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are one step closer to closing loopholes in existing laws regulating creation and sale of synthetic drugs.

The State Assembly approved a bill Tuesday, co-authored by Senator Bob Jauch (D-Poplar), aiming to strengthen state laws prohibiting synthetics.

The bill provides a more comprehensive list of illegal substances based on what crime labs are seeing across the nation and in Wisconsin.

Lawmakers say the updated list will make it harder for the chemistry of a drug to be altered.

The bill, passed by the Senate in November, now heads to the Governor's desk.

According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, the number of calls to poison centers related to synthetic drugs soared by 10,000 people from 2010 to 2011.

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