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Synthetic drug ‘look-a-likes’ could be reclassified for tougher penalties

By Ryanne Wise TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS –Synthetic drugs would become Schedule I controlled substances under a proposed Senate bill. Authored by Sen. Jim Merritt, R-Indianapolis, the intent of Senate Bill 305 is to deter retailers and dealers from selling “look-a-like” drugs that are potentially more dangerous than the drugs they mimic. “We’re tightening it up, as […]

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Merritt to speak nationally about synthetic drugs

By John Sittler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Sen. Jim Merritt of Indianapolis will continue his fight against synthetic drugs by helping to lead a Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America conference next week. The Republican will speak about Indiana’s history with synthetic drug laws at the conference, which takes place next week in Austin, Texas. Merritt also […]

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Synthetic drug calls down since law passed

By Ellie Price TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The use of synthetic drugs in Indiana has decreased dramatically, according to a report from the Indiana Poison Center. The report, which based its results on the number of calls to the center, shows an 86 percent drop in reported overdoses of bath salts since 2011, when the General […]

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New laws aim to attack illegal drugs

By Tim Grimes TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence signed into law two bills Tuesday that are meant to crack down on illegal drugs. Senate Bill 496 will limit annual purchases of pseudoephedrine, which is a major ingredient in meth, but also in many cold medicines.  The limit – which is on top of weekly […]

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House passes synthetic ‘look-alike’ drug ban

By Jesselyn Bickley TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – On Tuesday the House of Representatives passed a bill that would ban synthetic drugs as well as “look-alike” substances from being sold in stores. Currently, only substances identified as synthetic drugs based on their chemical makeup are banned. Senate Bill 536, authored by Sen. Jim Merritt, R-Indianapolis, will make […]

Lawmakers continue working on language for bill to stop synthetic drug sales

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Lawmakers continue working on language for bill to stop synthetic drug sales

By Lindsay Wenning TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS— Lawmakers are continuing to struggle to write a law that effectively cracks down on the sale of synthetic drugs while remaining fair to businesses that might not know they’re on their shelves. The House and Senate have been working on similar bills that will make it illegal to sell anything […]

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Synthetic drug bill passes Senate

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate passed a bill Tuesday that will create new restrictions on synthetic drugs. Senate Bill 536, authored by Sen. Jim Merritt, R-Indianapolis, proposed a new definition for synthetic drugs that does not rely on the chemical makeup of individual substances. Under the bill, the definition for synthetic drugs includes: […]

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Senate to take up bill to battle synthetic drugs

By Tim Grimes TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill aimed at cracking down on synthetic drugs by changing its definition passed the Senate Committee on Corrections and Criminal law Tuesday on a 6-3 vote Senate Bill 536, authored by Sen. Jim Merritt, R-Indianapolis, proposed a new definition for synthetic drugs that does not rely on the […]

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Video: One-on-One with Jim Merritt on fighting bath salts

Sen. Jim Merritt, R-Indianapolis, has introduced legislation that aims to help police crack down on synthetic drugs including bath salts and Spice. It would do so with a broad definition that would essentially encompass anything that a “reasonable person” would believe is an illegal synthetic drug. Merritt talked to TheStatehouseFile.com about his legislation:

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Lawmaker calls police, prosecutors to meeting about synthetic drugs

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State officials and law enforcement personnel are planning an emergency meeting to develop what the organizer is calling an “aggressive, results-driven approach” to eliminating the sale of synthetic drugs in Indiana. Sen. Jim Merritt, R-Indianapolis, said he called for the meeting after a TV report about a 17-year-old girl who […]

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