Attorney General Pam Bondi News Release


October 9, 2013
Media Contact: Jenn Meale
Phone: (850) 245-0150

Attorney General Pam Bondi Outlaws Four New Synthetic Drugs

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –Attorney General Pam Bondi today filed an emergency rule outlawing four new synthetic drugs, including one called “Crazy Clown.” The emergency rule designates these new synthetic drugs as Schedule I of controlled substances, making it a third-degree felony for an individual to “sell, manufacture, or deliver, or possess with intent to sell, manufacture or deliver" these drugs. Synthetic drugs can cause psychotic episodes, hallucinations, seizures, paranoia, tremors, and more. Attorney General Bondi will work with the Florida Legislature during the 2014 legislative session to permanently ban these drugs.

“I will remain vigilant in my efforts to keep these drugs off store shelves and will continue to outlaw emergent synthetic drug compounds. These drugs pose a serious threat to Floridians, particularly our youth,” stated Attorney General Pam Bondi. “I thank the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for their continued partnership in the fight against synthetic drugs.”

“While synthetic drugs are marketed as safe alternatives to illegal drugs, make no mistake; these synthetics are dangerous,” said Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey. “Adding these four new concoctions to Florida’s schedule 1 drug list strengthens our fight. We will continue our efforts with Attorney General Bondi to identify illegal chemicals and react swiftly.”
Attorney General Bondi temporarily banned the following synthetic compounds today:

AB-PINACA
AB-FUBINACA
ADB-PINACA
Fluoro ABDICA

According to the Drug Abuse Warning Network report, more than 11,000 emergency room visits nationwide involved a synthetic cannabinoid product in 2010. Seventy-five percent of these visits were from people ranging in age from 12 to 29. Alarmingly, the majority of those people were between 12 and 17.

Since taking office, Attorney General Bondi has been dedicated to protecting Floridians from synthetic drugs. Among other compounds, Attorney General Bondi has worked closely with the Florida Legislature over the past three legislative sessions to add cathinones, commonly known as “bath salts,” and cannabinoids, commonly known as “K2” or “Spice,” to the schedule of controlled substances.