Klobuchar's National Youth Synthetic Drug Awareness Week passes Senate

By KBJR News 1

Klobuchar's National Youth Synthetic Drug Awareness Week passes Senate

March 14, 2014 Updated Mar 14, 2014 at 12:53 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar's office says the resolution which passed today coincides with the three-year anniversary of the death of Trevor Robinson, a Blaine, Minn., teenager who died after taking a synthetic drug called 2C-E.

The week of March 9, 2014 is now National Youth Synthetic Drug Awareness Week. They also point out that it follows recent arrests in Mankato as part of an investigation into synthetic drugs.

"Synthetic drugs are tearing families apart and claiming young peoples' lives in Minnesota and all across the country," Klobuchar said. "We need to boost awareness about these deadly drugs and continue doing everything we can to keep them away from our children and off of our streets."

Klobuchar is working on legislation making it easier to prosecute the sale and distribution of "analogue" drugs (synthetic substances).

According to Klobuchar's office, current law makes it difficult to prosecute new synthetic drugs as analogues because they are often labeled "not intended for human consumption" and not openly marketed for human consumption.

Ramona Marozas
Rmarozas@kbjr.com

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