Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) introduced bipartisan legislation that would permanently ban the synthetic drug 2C-E, which resulted in the death of one Minnesotan last month (in Blaine) and caused several others to be hospitalized.
The Combating Designer Drugs Act would make the synthetic drug – along with several closely related substances – illegal and treat 2C-E like other banned narcotics such as methamphetamines and cocaine to keep the public safe.
“These dangerous drugs pose serious risks to the public and have tragically killed and injured Minnesotans,” said Klobuchar. “It’s critical that we make these drugs illegal so that they can no longer be easily purchased online and in stores around the country. We need to take action now before these substances endanger any more lives.”
“The easy of availability of these drugs and the apparent lack of conscience from their manufacturers and marketers are really disturbing,” Grassley said. “Victims are completely misled into thinking these items are harmless because they’re available at the local mall and online and sometimes portrayed as ‘fake’. In fact, these drugs are toxic, and the consequences of using them are very real. These items need to be banned. And the manufacturers need to stop their cynical, money-making ploy.”
Klobuchar is a cosponsor of similar legislation introduced by Grassley, the Dangerous Synthetic Drug Control Act of 2011, which bans other harmful substances commonly used in synthetic drugs known as “K2” or “Spice.” The drugs have resulted in numerous reports of individuals acting violently while under the influence of these drugs, leading to deaths or injuries to themselves and others.
Klobuchar also introduced legislation with Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and eight other senators that would ban the sale of two harmful synthetic drugs that are currently being sold and marketed as “bath salts” and can be easily purchased online and in convenience stores. These substances can have a similar effect on the body as other narcotics.
Klobuchar is a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism, which has jurisdiction over issues relating to drug control policy, and she has been a leader in strengthening drug safety standards to protect consumers.
Last year Klobuchar introduced the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010 with Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), co-sponsored by Grassley, to provide patients with safe and responsible ways to dispose of unused controlled substances. The legislation, which was signed into law in October 2010, helps reduce the risk that teenagers will gain access to expired or unwanted prescription drugs in homes by permitting individuals and long-term care facilities to deliver unused drugs for safe disposal.
Grassley is the Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and introduced legislation introduced last month, along with Klobuchar and other senators, to ban the chemicals found in a drug known as K2. The bill came about in part from the death of an 18-year-old Iowan who committed suicide last June shortly after using K2. The victim’s father is a national advocate for banning the drug and earlier this month testified before the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control, which Grassley co-chairs.
April 14, 2011