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New DEA laws for synthetic drugs implemented

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On Friday, Dec. 19, the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced it will use its administrative powers to ban three more synthetic drugs under the strictest level of federal law. 

The agency said the three drugs have appeared in Iowa, among other states, but it does not provide any specific incidents involving the drugs. 

Longtime Iowa representative Sen. Chuck Grassley sponsored the legislation that banned a broad category of synthetic drugs. 

Grassley is ranking member of the Judiciary Committee and co-chairman of the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control.  He made the following comment on today's announcement from the DEA.

“Congress and the Drug Enforcement Administration have to work hard to stay on top of synthetic drugs. The cynical makers of these drugs change one chemical to evade existing federal bans. The DEA's action today is welcome to protect Iowans and others who might run across the latest versions of this dangerous product.”

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