Synthetic drugs once again the subject of Virginia legislation

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According to the Virginia Gazette, two new bills have been introduced into the Virginia General Assembly that further the state’s restrictions on synthetic drugs. Last year a bill was unanimously passed a bill that outlaws synthetic marijuana, more commonly known as its street names “spice” and “K2,” but rapid development of chemicals in labs have already made this law obsolete. The new bill will add to the restrictions in order to include a new type of designer drugs known as “bath salts” which are synthetic stimulants that reportedly cause a cocaine-like high, but which can result in nausea, seizures and death in some cases.