What are synthetic drugs?
Dangerous synthetic drugs are marketed as “incense,” “potpourri,” “K2,” “spice,” and “bath salts.” The National Institute of Drug Abuse has noted that when individuals take synthetic drugs they are hijacking that key part of the brain controlling critical functions such as temperature control, food intake, perception, memory and problem solving. These drugs are being marketed to our youth and are sold under names like “Scooby Snax,” “½ Baked Hulk,” and “Purple Flake.”
According to the Drug Abuse Warning Network report, more than 11,000 emergency room visits nationwide involved a synthetic cannabinoid product in 2010. Alarmingly, 75 percent of these visits were from people ranging in age from 12-29. The majority of those people were between 12-17.
Parents should talk to their children about how dangerous these drugs are. If anyone suspects that synthetic drugs are being sold, they should contact their local law enforcement agencies.
Florida’s ResponseIn 2011, within weeks of taking office, Attorney General Pam Bondi signed an executive order that temporarily outlawed MDPV, commonly known as "bath salts." The folllowing Legislative session Attorney General Bondi worked closely with the Florida Legislature to add cathinones, commonly known as “bath salts,” and cannabinoids, commonly known as “K2” or “Spice”, to the schedule of controlled substances. Attorney General Bondi continues her efforts to keep synthetic drugs off of store shelves and add any emerging synthetic compounds to the schedule of controlled substances.
Attorney General Bondi has worked with state lawmakers to outlaw 136 individual chemical compounds since taking office. In 2016, she helped pass comprehensive legislation that categorically outlaws synthetic drugs in Florida.
- History of AG’s Scheduling Actions
- Synthetic Drug Informational Pamphlet
- June 2014 FDLE Public Information Brief
- May 2013 FDLE Public Information Brief
- University of Florida’s Drug Policy Institute Policy Paper
- News Release: Legislation to Categorically Outlaw Synthetic Drugs Passes Both Chambers
- News Release: Attorney General Bondi Warns Parents about Flakka
- News Release: Attorney General Pam Bondi Thanks Governor Scott for Support of Bill Outlawing Dangerous Synthetic Drugs
- News Release: Attorney General Bondi Applauds Governor Scott’s Signing of Bill to Ban Synthetic Drugs
- News Release: Attorney General Bondi Applauds Governor Scott for Signing Bath Salts Bill