Attorney General Bondi’s Statement on “Drug-Related Emergency Department Visits Involving Synthetic Cannabinoids” Report

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Attorney General Bondi’s Statement on “Drug-Related Emergency Department Visits Involving Synthetic Cannabinoids” Report

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.–Attorney General Pam Bondi issued the below statement in
response to the Drug Abuse Warning Network’s “Drug-Related Emergency
Department Visits Involving Synthetic Cannabinoids” report. Cathinones,
commonly known as “bath salts,” and cannabinoids, commonly known as “K2” or
“Spice,” are synthetic drugs that reportedly cause seizures,
hallucinations, paranoid behavior, nonresponsiveness, and more.

“According to the Drug Abuse Warning Network report, synthetic cannabinoids
were linked to more than 11,000 emergency department visits in 2010. It is
extremely alarming that seventy-five percent of those visits were by
patients ages 12-29.

“We must do everything within our power to keep these dangerous drugs out
of the hands of Florida’s children. I remain dedicated to partnering with
the law enforcement community, health officials, and the Florida
Legislature to outlaw these drugs and remove them from Florida’s store
shelves.”

Follow this link to view the report:
http://www.samhsa.gov/data/2k12/DAWN105/SR105-synthetic-marijuana.pdf

Attorney General Bondi has been committed to protecting Floridians from
synthetic drugs since first taking office. In 2011, Attorney General Bondi
signed an executive order that temporarily outlawed MDPV, commonly known as
“bath salts.” Attorney General Bondi has worked closely the Florida
Legislature for the past two legislative sessions to add cathinones and
cannabinoids to the schedule of controlled substances.

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