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Legislators approve tougher Indiana 'bath salts' law

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Friday, March 29, 2013 - 8:08 am

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana lawmakers have approved a bill that would make it illegal to possess or deal "lookalike" synthetic drugs similar to those known as "bath salts" and other nicknames.

The Senate voted Thursday in favor of bill that would also give state agencies more power to suspend the licenses of businesses caught selling those drugs. The bill now goes to Gov. Mike Pence for his consideration.

Bill supporters say the "lookalike" provision is needed because drug makers have simply made changes to the drug compounds to get around current laws that are based on specific chemical makeups.

Other provisions would expand the ability of prosecutors to file charges against those driving under the influence of synthetic drugs.