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House approves tougher penalties on synthetic drugs

An overwhelming majority of Representatives voted on Wednesday to outlaw 250 more chemicals, slap more severe penalties on sellers and make it possible for authorities to quickly add new drugs to the list of banned substances.
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An overwhelming majority of Representatives voted on Wednesday to outlaw 250 more chemicals, slap more severe penalties on sellers and make it possible for authorities to quickly add new drugs to the list of banned substances.

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Senate passes bill to make synthetic drug sales a felony

The Senate unanimously passed a bill that would also ban many more of the synthetic compounds and make it easier for pharmacy officials to ban new ones. The House already passed a similar bill.

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Past laws banning specific compounds have simply prompted chemists to create new "analogs" -- similar compounds with the same effects -- to get around the rules. New legislation at the Capitol has broader language that sponsors say would ban both existing synthetics and their analogs.