Indiana Pharmacy Board bans 4 more synthetic drugs

Confiscated synthetic drugs are on display at a news conference at the DEA offices in Centennial, Colo., on Wednesday, May 7, 2014, where it was announced that a federal grand jury in Denver has returned indictments charging nine individuals from across the country with conspiracy and drug distribution charges related to "Spice". (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)
Confiscated synthetic drugs are on display at a news conference at the DEA offices in Centennial, Colo., on Wednesday, May 7, 2014, where it was announced that a federal grand jury in Denver has returned indictments charging nine individuals from across the country with conspiracy and drug distribution charges related to "Spice". (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Board of Pharmacy has passed emergency rules banning four additional types of compounds that are used in synthetic drugs such as “Spice” and “K2.”

A 2012 state law gives the board the power to ban such compounds until the General Assembly can reconvene and pass legislation banning them permanently. The law allows the Board of Pharmacy to pass emergency rules so law enforcement agencies can take timely action against the compounds.

The board says rogue chemists are constantly changing the chemical formulas of their synthetic drugs to skirt the law.

The rules were posted on Indiana Register on Wednesday and take effect in 30 days.

Spokesman Nick Goodwin says it’s the sixth time the Board of Pharmacy has banned synthetic drugs under the law.

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