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6 Indest-2008-3By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law

Synthetic drug usage has escalated into a serious issue across the United States. This topic gained attention after raging zombie-ism and face eating reached epic proportions in place like Florida.

As a direct result, the government cracked down. Hundreds of nationwide synthetic drug raids took place in May 2014. Manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers of such drugs were served with both search and     arrest warrants by federal agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). The raids took place throughout 25 states including Florida, New Mexico, Alabama, California and Colorado. Agents infiltrated   numerous homes, warehouses and smoke shops determined to bring down the synthetic drug reign. The raids involved 66 DEA cases and seven investigations led by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) special agents.

The DEA has been rigorously fighting the growth of the synthetic drug market since the drugs first gained popularity. Synthetic drugs are called by various street names such as: Molly, Spice and bath salts. The chemical formulas of such hallucinogenics and narcotics are man made with several substances typically not federally regulated or labeled as illegal. The drugs imitate a feeling comparable to the effects of marijuana. This includes the development of zombie- like symptoms such as cannibalism.

No zombie attacks were reported during the DEA raids!

In 2010, the DEA motioned to ban five key ingredients used in the production of synthetic marijuana known as K2 or Spice. This does not completely obstruct synthetic drug producers however. If an ingredient is banned by the federal government, the drug manufacturers manipulate their formulas to develop new chemical mixtures. The result is an ongoing battle that seems to never come to an end.

Synthetic Drug Zombies are International.

Unfortunately, the synthetic drug boom is not constrained to U.S. borders. According to ABC News, the DEA is turning their focus to Chinese chemical manufacturers. These producers export the products to U.S. distributors, wholesalers and retailers.

Investigations show that large sums of drug proceeds have been tracked to Yemen, Syria, Lebanon and Jordan. Although these regions have been identified as culprits, the specific criminal organizations and recipients of the cash have yet to be established. U.S. authorities fear that a relationship between criminal terrorist groups and drug trafficking realms exist. They theorize that Middle Eastern terrorist groups utilize drug sales in order to fund illicit activities. Authorities are diligently working to identify drug trade paths in order to prevent the creation and growth of these dangerous connections.

To read more from ABC News, click here.

Everything’s Bigger in Texas, Including the Zombie Population.

In a five-day period more than 100 people in Texas overdosed on a synthetic drug labeled K2, according to TIME news. The drug, technically not banned by federal or state laws, is a mixture of dried herbs soaked in chemicals. Authorities believe the drug used by the overdose victims came from the same supplier located in Dallas. The victims exuded similar symptoms: psychosis, alerted mental status and abnormal behavior.

Many users substitute K2 for marijuana since the highs are similar. The sale of K2 is rapidly growing since vendors’ fear no legal repercussions.

To read more on the Texas overdoses, click here.

Luckily, no zombie warning alerts were necessary for the state of Texas. We, in Florida, rest easier every night, knowing that the governments of Texas, Florida and the United States eyes are upon us, protecting us from creeping zombies.

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Do you think outlawing synthetic compounds is helping law enforcement? Please leave any thoughtful comments below.

Sources:

“Nearly 120 People Overdose on Synthetic Marijuana in 5-Day Period.” TIME. (May 6, 2014). From: http://time.com/89835/synthetic-marijuana-overdoses-k2/

Caldwell, Alicia. “Raids Target Synthetic Drugs, Sellers Across US.” The Associated Press. (May 7, 2014). From: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/raids-target-synthetic-drugs-sellers-us-23621469

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.

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.

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?

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.

7 Indest-2008-4By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law

On October 9, 2013, Florida Attorney General (AG) Pam Bondi filed an emergency rule outlawing four (4) new synthetic drugs. The most common among these is a drug called “Crazy Clown,” according to the AG. This emergency rule makes it a third degree felony for an individual to sell, manufacture or deliver, or possess with intent to sell, manufacture or deliver these drugs. AG Bondi stated she will work with the Florida Legislature during the 2014 legislative session to permanently ban these drugs.

Click here to read the press release from the AG.

According to the press release, these synthetic drugs cause psychotic episodes, hallucinations, seizures paranoia tremors and more. AG Bondi did not specify if these drugs cause users to turn into zombies.

New Drug Compounds Added to Expanding List.

AG Bondi temporarily banned the synthetic compounds listed below.

– B-PINACA
– AB-FUBINACA
– ADB-PINACA
– Fluoro ABDICA

These compounds are on top of the 22 synthetic drugs, commonly known as “bath salts,” “K2,” and “Spice,” AG Bondi outlawed in December 2012. The previous emergency rule greatly expanded the list of synthetic drugs in Schedule I of controlled substances of the Florida Comprehensive Abuse Prevention and Control Act. To read our previous blog, click here.

Synthetic Drug Compounds Continuously Change to Skirt Around the Law.

Many of the synthetic substances outlawed are also commonly known as synthetic marijuana, bath salts, K2, potpourri, incense, Scooby Snacks and Crazy Clown. Florida’s officials are continuously updating the list of outlawed synthetic substances because the chemical compounds in these substances are easy to change. The ease of converting these substances into illegal drugs helps drug makers, users and sellers avoid arrest and prosecution.

Click here to see the entire list of outlawed controlled substances.

AG Trying to Get a Handle on Synthetic Drugs that Turn Citizens into Zombies.

According to the Drug Abuse Warning Network, more than 11,000 emergency room visits nationwide in 2010, involved a synthetic cannabinoid product. It seems these products are becoming more popular around the country.

This emergency rule is evidence of Floridians’ fear of zombies and cannibal attacks allegedly linked to the misuse of these outlawed synthetic substances. Florida has been linked to both in the national news, thus scaring away many of our tourists who usually flood the state. 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?

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

Sources:

Meale, Jenn. “Attorney General Pam Bondi Outlaws Four New Synthetic Drugs.” My Florida Legal. (October 9, 2013). From: http://www.myfloridalegal.com/newsrel.nsf/newsreleases/3B66B96F945B117185257BFF006EE801

Join Together Staff. “‘Crazy Clown’ and Three Other Synthetic Drugs Outlawed in Florida.” Drug Free.Org. (October 10, 2013). From: http://www.drugfree.org/join-together/community-related/crazy-clown-and-three-other-synthetic-drugs-outlawed-in-florida
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.