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4 Indest-2009-3By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law

Across the country, it seems that “bath salts zombies” may be becoming extinct. According to the American Association of Poison Control, there have been 833 Poison Control calls nationwide regarding synthetic drug overdoses so far in 2013. However, just one year earlier, there were 2,691 cases, and in 2011, there were more than 6,100 overdose cases recorded. The statistics are trending the same in Florida.

This is leading law enforcement officials to speculate that criminalizing the sale of synthetic drugs, known as “bath salts,” “Molly,” “K2,” “Spice” and “Scooby Snacks,” is deterring people from using these drugs. These drugs are believed by many regulators and law enforcement officials to cause zombie-like behaviors in abusers.

Florida Has Worked to Outlaw the Synthetic Zombie Drugs.

In 2011, synthetic drugs could be found in gas stations and head shops all over Florida. However, Florida Attorney General (AG) Pam Bondi led the fight to criminalize 26 different forms of synthetic drugs. As recently as October 2013, she updated the list of outlawed drugs. This is because the chemical compounds of these drugs are continuously tweaked by manufacturers in an attempt to outpace the law. Click here to read a previous blog, I wrote on this issue.

In March 2013, law enforcement officials in Florida’s Orange and Volusia Counties ordered all synthetic drugs off store shelves. Anyone who sells, manufactures or delivers the synthetic drugs in Florida could be charged with a third-degree felony.

DEA Outlaws Three More Synthetic Drugs for Two Years.

On November 15, 2013, the Drug Enforcement Administrations (DEA) made three more synthetic drugs illegal under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) for the next two years.

The actual chemical names of the controlled synthetic drugs are:

– 2-(4-iodo-2,5-dimethoxyphenyl)-N-(2-methoxybenzyl)ethanamine (25I-NBOMe);
– 2-(4-chloro-2,5-dimethoxyphenyl)-N-(2-methoxybenzyl)ethanamine (25C-NBOMe); and
– 2-(4-bromo-2,5-dimethoxyphenyl)-N-(2-methoxybenzyl)ethanamine (25B-NBOMe).

If you think those are hard to read, try saying them three times in a row.

In a press release, the DEA states that it will work with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to determine if these drugs should be made permanently illegal. Click here to read the press release from the DEA.

zombie cartoonEvolution from Human To Zombie.

A drug and alcohol rehabilitation company out of Pennsylvania has created a video that shows how synthetic drugs affect a person’s nervous system. The video is called “Bath Salt Zombie.” Click here to watch it.

Since the number of bath salts zombies is down, it seems that it may be safe for Florida’s tourists, who were previously scared off by our large population of undead flesh eaters, to return to the state. Certainly we cherish our tourists, especially our British tourists, far more than our zombies.

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Comments?

Do you think continuously outlawing these synthetic compounds is helping law enforcement? Have you seen the effects of synthetic drugs? Please leave any thoughtful comments below.

Sources:

Singer, Stacey. “Super-Human Strength, Agitation, Cuffs: An ER Doctor is Happy to See “Bath Salts” Cases Wane.” The Palm Beach Post. (November 19, 2013). From: http://blogs.palmbeachpost.com/palm-beach-health-beat/2013/11/17/super-human-strength-agitation-cuffs-an-er-doctor-is-happy-to-see-bath-salts-cases-wane/

DEA Public Affairs. “Three More Snythetic Drugs Become Illegal for at Least Two Years.” Drug Enforcement Administration. (November 15, 2013). From: http://www.justice.gov/dea/divisions/hq/2013/hq111513.shtml

About the Author: George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., is Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law. He is the President and Managing Partner of The Health Law Firm, which has a national practice. Its main office is in the Orlando, Florida, area. www.TheHealthLawFirm.com The Health Law Firm, 1101 Douglas Ave., Altamonte Springs, FL 32714, Phone: (407) 331-6620.

“The Health Law Firm” is a registered fictitious business name of George F. Indest III, P.A. – The Health Law Firm, a Florida professional service corporation, since 1999.
Copyright © 1996-2012 The Health Law Firm. All rights reserved.

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9 Indest-2008-6By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law

A powerful, heroin-like drug that rots human flesh and bones has allegedly appeared in the United States for the first time, according to a number of news outlets. In Phoenix, Arizona, physicians reported that they spotted two cases in which symptoms are consistent with krokodil in September 2013. Krokodil (pronounced crocodile) is a highly addictive drug that is prevalent in Russia and Eastern Europe.

Krokodil Users Can Be Left with Zombie-Like Appearances.

According to USA Today, krokodil ravages the flesh, exposing bones, destroying internal organs and leaving users vulnerable to infections. Users often develop abscesses and gangrene. A recovering krokodil user said that she’s seen other addicts rot from the inside out, giving users a zombie-like appearance and, in some cases, impairments.

To read the USA Today article, click here.

DEA Waiting for Lab Reports to Verify Krokodil Use.

A Los Angeles Times article stated that the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has been tracking the use of krokodil abroad for at least two years. According to DEA officials, there is still no lab evidence that the two cases in Arizona are from the use of krokodil. However, toxicologists as the Arizona poison control centers said they remain worried because emerging drug trends are usually first noticed by area physicians.

Click here to read the entire Los Angeles Times article.

No Legislature on Krokodil in Florida.

Since it is still not confirmed that the cases in Arizona are krokodil, the Florida Attorney General’s (AG) office has not discussed any bans on the drug yet. Unfortunately it will be hard to ban the ingredients used to make krokodil since most can be bought over the counter, such as headache pills, iodine, gasoline and paint thinner.

However, the Florida government will step in to try to curb anything that might spark more zombie outbreaks. You may remember in December 2012, AG Pam Bondi filed an emergency rule outlawing 22 new synthetic drugs, commonly known as “bath salts,” “K2,” and “Spice.” This emergency rule expanded the list of synthetic drugs in Schedule I of controlled substances of the Florida Comprehensive Abuse Prevention and Control Act. Click here to read our previous blog.

This emergency rule is evidence of Floridians’ fear of zombies and cannibal attacks allegedly linked to the misuse of the outlawed substances. Florida has been linked to both in the national news, thus scaring away many of our tourists. Of course, there are those detractors who contend that face-chewing and other alleged zombie behavior is just natural behavior for Floridians, regardless of the chemicals imbibed.

Contact Experienced Health Law Attorneys.

The Health Law Firm routinely represents pharmacists, pharmacies, physicians, nurses and other health providers in investigations, regulatory matters, licensing issues, litigation, inspections and audits involving the DEA, Department of Health (DOH) and other law enforcement agencies. Its attorneys include those who are board certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law as well as licensed health professionals who are also attorneys.

To contact The Health Law Firm, please call (407) 331-6620 or (850) 439-1001 and visit our website at www.TheHealthLawFirm.com.

Comments?

Have you ever heard of krokodil? How long do you think before Florida will see its first krokodil zombie? How long do you think it will take the Florida AG to enact legislation banning the drug? Please leave any thoughtful comments below.

Sources:

Mosemak, Jerry, and Winter, Michael. “Flesh-Rotting ‘Krokodil” Drug Emerges in USA.” USA Today. (September 27, 2013). From: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/09/26/heroin-krokodil-flesh-rotting-arrives-us-arizona/2879817/

Hamilton, Matt. “Krokodil, More Perilous Than Heroin, Possibly Surfaces in Arizona.” Los Angeles Times. (September 28, 2013). From: http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-krokodil-heroin-arizona-20130927,0,7644763.story

About the Author: George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., is Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law. He is the President and Managing Partner of The Health Law Firm, which has a national practice. Its main office is in the Orlando, Florida, area. www.TheHealthLawFirm.com The Health Law Firm, 1101 Douglas Ave., Altamonte Springs, FL 32714, Phone: (407) 331-6620.

“The Health Law Firm” is a registered fictitious business name of George F. Indest III, P.A. – The Health Law Firm, a Florida professional service corporation, since 1999.
Copyright © 1996-2012 The Health Law Firm. All rights reserved.

5 Indest-2008-2By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law

As we’ve discussed many times, Floridians fear zombies. This was made apparent in recent legislation against bath salts. As a citizen of Florida, you know you are not safe; not from zombies, not from British tourists, and not from the state legislature.

However, there’s a glimmer of hope. Twinkies, the only food known to mankind that can allegedly survive a post-apocalyptic zombie outbreak (reference: Zombieland 2009) or a nuclear holocaust (reference: Family Guy, second season, third episode December 26, 1999), are back on store shelves as of July 15, 2013, according to Bloomberg.

Click here to read the entire article from Bloomberg.

Twinkies Are Back But Won’t Last Forever.

According to Bloomberg, Hostess’s previous owners ended distribution of all products in November 2012. This sparked a nationwide panic, sending people running to grocery stores, gas stations and the internet to find the last few boxes of Twinkies on the market.

Under new ownership Hostess treats, including Twinkies, are back in a big way. Distribution of Twinkies will include chain stores, such as Walmart, Albertsons and Kroger, and also 110,000 convenience stores throughout the country.

But contrary to popular belief, the original Twinkie had a true shelf life of only 26 days. Now, according to National Public Radio (NPR), with a few tweaks to the recipe the spongy yellow cakes can live on shelves for more than double that, 45 days.

So, if Twinkies were your zombie invasion survival plan, we suggest rethinking your strategy.

To read the NPR article, click here.

Florida Synthetic-Drug Zombies are Illegal.

Floridians don’t have as much to worry about these days because on April 24, 2013, Florida’s governor signed the Controlled Substances Bill into law. This bill adds 27 substances to Schedule I of controlled substances, making it a third-degree felony to sell, manufacture, deliver or possess with intent to sell synthetic drugs, commonly known as “bath salts,” “K2,” and “Spice.” To read the press release from the Florida Office of the Attorney General (AG), click here.

In December 2012, I previously wrote about Florida’s AG filing an emergency rule temporarily adding these substances to Schedule I of controlled substances. Click here to read that blog. This legislation now permanently bans these synthetic drugs.

Contact Experienced Health Law Attorneys.

The Health Law Firm routinely represents pharmacists, pharmacies, physicians, nurses and other health providers in investigations, regulatory matters, licensing issues, litigation, inspections and audits involving the DEA, Department of Health (DOH) and other law enforcement agencies. Its attorneys include those who are board certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law as well as licensed health professionals who are also attorneys.

To contact The Health Law Firm, please call (407) 331-6620 or (850) 439-1001 and visit our website at www.TheHealthLawFirm.com.

Comments?

Are you excited about the return of Twinkies? Have you rushed out to grab a spongy yellow cream log yet? Tell us your thoughts below.

Sources:

Stanford, Duane. “Twinkie Fans Delight in Hostess Return from Zombie Death.” Bloomberg. (July 15, 2013). From: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-07-15/twinkie-fans-delight-in-hostess-return-from-zombie-death.html

Godoy, Maria. “The Science of Twinkies: How Do They Last So Darn Long?” National Public Radio. (July 10, 2013). From: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/07/09/200465360/the-science-of-twinkies-how-do-they-last-so-long

About the Author: George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., is Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law.  He is the President and Managing Partner of The Health Law Firm, which has a national practice.  Its main office is in the Orlando, Florida, area.  www.TheHealthLawFirm.com  The Health Law Firm, 1101 Douglas Ave., Altamonte Springs, FL 32714, Phone:  (407) 331-6620.

“The Health Law Firm” is a registered fictitious business name of George F. Indest III, P.A. – The Health Law Firm, a Florida professional service corporation, since 1999.
Copyright © 1996-2012 The Health Law Firm. All rights reserved.