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Indiana Pharmacy Board bans compounds in K-2

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An emergency ban to tell you about. The Indiana Pharmacy Board is NOW banning key compounds found in synthetic drugs such as K-2 or spice. The new ban aims to help law enforcement crack down on this growing problem.

"The watchdogs that are keeping track of what the compounds are made of... that helps us tremendously," says Captain Phil Trent of the South Bend Police Department.
    
Words like aminopropyl... dihydrobenzofuran... methanone... or carboxamide... may have no influence to you, and you may not even know what they are or what they can do. But The Indiana Board of Pharmacy is well aware of what they are. They're compounds  that can be dangerous and local police are glad the board is acting to ban them.  

"The problem had been in the past, identifying the chemicals and showing they were banned substances," says Trent. The South Bend Police Captain Phil Trent says they've been working hard to crack down on K-2 sellers and users, but Trent says the problem prosecutors have once police make the arrest. The problem? Trent says K-2 drug makers are always one step ahead of authorities, constantly changing the compounds used... to avoid prosecution.

Trent says when they find K-2, it's sent off to the lab where it's tested for illegal compounds. He says some of the ingredients that come back are shocking. Some K-2 samples have contained rat poison. "Law enforcement, we certainly have our place in this, but you're talking about people showing up in ER's with problems related to this, and the substance is not illegal," says Trent.

Indiana Professional Licensing Agency Executive Director Nicholas Rhoad says “These harmful products can be lethal and are being marketed to and targeted at Indiana’s youth. We are collaborating with the authorities to quickly respond to these situations and make sure that these drugs arena’t available.”

Trent says with this ban, it puts the wheels in motion to make it easier to prosecute those selling and using AK-2.

It takes 30-days for this ban to go live, so starting June 13th, the compounds will be illegal. The Indiana General Assembly is done for the year, but the Pharmacy Board hopes when they reconvene in January,  this ban will be turned into a permanent statue.
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