Ohio AG announces crackdown on synthetic drugs

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's attorney general is announcing a crackdown on the sale and abuse of synthetic drugs such as bath salts and herbal incense.

Attorney General Mike DeWine plans to announce Wednesday he will warn stores about criminal charges and civil lawsuits they could face for any involvement in making or distributing such drugs.

DeWine also is announcing a new effort to train police officers statewide to help them identify and handle synthetic drug cases.

Bath salts are crystalized chemicals that are snorted, swallowed or smoked. They can cause paranoia and hallucination, and their use has led to hundreds of calls to poison centers nationwide.

Ohio lawmakers made them illegal in 2011.

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