Synthetic Drugs Now Banned In Ohio


UPDATED: Monday October 17, 2011 7:37 AM

Synthetic drugs, marketed as bath salts, K2 and spice were put into a ban making them illegal in Ohio starting Monday. 

Up until now, the consumption of K2, spice or bath salts was not considered illegal, reported 10TV's Danielle Elias.

The synthetic drugs were relatively new, becoming popular in recent years.

State senators pushed for the ban, saying the drugs have caused multiple deaths across the state, Elias reported.

The drugs are known to cause reactions, including hallucinations, delusions, paranoia and chest pains.

When the law takes effect, punishment for possessing synthetic drugs will be a misdemeanor, the same as for marijuana, Elias reported.

Police told 10TV News that officers planned to begin enforcing the new law starting at midnight on Monday.

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