Indiana sees big drop in synthetic drug overdoses

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The Indiana Poison Center has seen big drops in the number of reported overdoses from synthetic drug abuse since state laws banning the drugs known by names such as "bath salts" and "spice" took effect.

The latest poison center report shows an 86 percent decrease in reported overdoses of "bath salt" drugs since 2011. That's when Indiana's first synthetic drug ban was passed.

The center has had a 61 percent decrease in "spice" overdoses over the same period.

State Sen. Jim Merritt of Indianapolis sponsored the laws that ban the distribution and possession of synthetic drugs containing certain chemical compounds.

Merritt says he's pleased that the new laws appear to getting such drugs off Indiana store shelves and out of the hands of young people.

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