Today, U.S. Rep. Harold "Hal" Rogers (KY-05) voted for the Synthetic Drug Control Act (H.R. 3537) to criminalize the sales of highly-potent, chemically-produced drugs like "bath salts" and "flakka." The bill targets synthetic drugs that are widely available online and at retail shops. Many synthetic or "designer" drugs are labeled 'not for human consumption' to avoid regulation by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
"Synthetic drugs are being sold legally across the country, despite warnings that they can be more addictive and deadly than illicit drugs, like heroin. With this bill, we aim to take synthetic drugs off the market and hold drug dealers accountable," said Congressman Rogers, a co-sponsor of the bill. "More than 1,200 people died from drug overdose deaths in Kentucky last year, making every life-saving effort more critical with each passing day."
The Synthetic Drug Control Act would classify more synthetic drug compounds, identified by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), as Schedule I narcotics. It also holds distributors accountable and strengthens the Federal Analogue Act by criminalizing the sale, manufacture, import and distribution of synthetic drugs.
The U.S. House of Representatives passed the bill, which now heads to the U.S. Senate for consideration.
Rogers has served Kentucky’s 5th Congressional District since 1981. With a focus on economic development, job creation, fighting illegal drugs and preserving Appalachia’s natural treasures, he has a reputation for listening to his constituents and fighting for the region he represents. For more information, visit Congressman Rogers' online office at http://halrogers.house.gov or follow him on Twitter or Instagram @RepHalRogers, and on Facebook.