Pharmacy board passes ban on designer drug ingredients

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New emergency rules are in place banning four ingredients found in synthetic drugs.

The move by the State Board of Pharmacy follows the recent deaths of two central Indiana teenagers.

Summer break is just around the corner.

The Indiana Board of Pharmacy wants to keep teens safe from synthetic drugs like "Spice" and "K2."

On Wednesday, the board passed an emergency ban on four new compounds they believe rogue chemists are using to create drugs similar to marijuana. The compounds previously used in the chemical mix have already been banned.

But law enforcement officers across Indiana are finding the drugs re-emerging with a different recipe.

"We need to pump up the penalties," said Senator Jim Merritt last week after announcing he would be seeking tougher laws to punish those who manufacture synthetic drugs after the deaths of two high school students suspected of using "N-bomb" or "Smiles," a synthetic form of LSD.

In a statement Thursday, Merritt says teens believe designer drugs are safer, but they are actually haphazard, deadly concoctions.

"People are defaulting to the designer drugs because the penalties are less," Merritt told 13 Investigates.

While Merritt must wait until the new legislative session to seek tougher sentences, the pharmacy board's action takes effect in 30 days.

A 2012 state law gives the board power to pass emergency rules until the General Assembly can reconvene and ban them permanently.

This is the sixth time the Board of Pharmacy has banned synthetic drugs under the 2012 law.