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Tragic Loss Leads to Law Banning K2, Other Synthetic Drugs

The David Mitchell Rozga Act – named after a young Iowan who took his own life after trying K2, a synthetic form of marijuana, just once – will be signed into law later this week, helping to remove from store shelves this poison and those that go into other dangerous drugs such as bath salts and 2C compounds.

The availability and popularity of synthetic drugs like K2, spice, bath salts, and 2C have exploded.  The drugs are labeled and disguised as legitimate products. They are easily purchased online, at gas stations and in shopping malls.  Poison control centers and emergency rooms report skyrocketing calls and visits from synthetic drug use.  People act violently while under the influence of the drug, dying or injuring themselves and others.  

I authored the David Mitchell Rozga Act a year ago in March to ban the dangerous chemical compounds that constitute these drugs.  The legislation as it was finally passed by Congress puts the David Mitchell Rozga Act together with two other bills sponsored by Senators Chuck Schumer and Amy Klobuchar that ban bath salts and 2C compounds.  The new law will expand the time frame the federal Drug Enforcement Agency has to ban future drugs so that drug makers will not be able to easily circumvent the law by altering current drugs.

The legislative victory is a tribute to the courage of the Rozga family, who shared its story before Congress and made a heartfelt and determined commitment to trying to keep other families from the devastating loss they have endured.  A week before he died, their son David graduated from Indianola High School.  He was on his way to UNI.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012