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Published January 14, 2013, 05:47 PM

ND Lawmakers Proposing More Tightening of Synthetic Drug Laws

North Dakota lawmakers could soon take steps to strengthen laws against synthetic drugs. The substances were blamed for the deaths of two local teens within two weeks.

North Dakota lawmakers could soon take steps to strengthen laws against synthetic drugs. The substances were blamed for the deaths of two local teens within two weeks.

A proposed bill adds additional known synthetic drugs to the state's list of controlled substances. The law reaches further to include any variations of the illegal substances that may include substances not yet known. Synthetic Drugs are illegal in North Dakota thanks to emergency action by the North Dakota Pharmacy Board earlier this year. Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem is asking lawmakers to take that move one step further and add it to the state's statute.

In 2010, 311 synthetic drugs were submitted to the state crime lab to be tested. In 2012 that number grew to 1,470. House Bill 1070 also adds Tramadol, a narcotic pain killer to the list of controlled substances. If passed, people would only be able to legally possess the drug with a prescription. The bill also makes it illegal to buy Tramadol over the internet without seeing a doctor.

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