Occupational Health & Safety

Florida AG's Rule Bans Four New Synthetic Drugs

Attorney General Pam Bondi filed the emergency rule this week that designates them a Schedule I substances.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has filed an emergency rule banning four new synthetic drugs, including one called "Crazy Clown." The emergency rule designates them as Schedule I 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" them. Bondi said she will work with the Florida Legislature during its 2014 legislative session to permanently ban the drugs. They are:

  • B-PINACA
  • AB-FUBINACA
  • ADB-PINACA
  • Fluoro ABDICA

"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," she said. "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."

Coincidentally, Coral Gables, Fla., is the site for the non-profit International Forum for Drug and Alcohol Testing's fifth annual conference next month. The Nov. 4-5 event at the Westin Colonnade Hotel will include sessions about workplace alcohol testing, drug testing in Latin America, contractor compliance in the oil and gas industry, and the status of hair testing around the world. Sponsors for the event include Quest Diagnostics, Psychemedics Corp., Alere, DISA Global Solutions Inc., LabCorp, and Randox Testing Services. The previous IFDAT conferences have taken place in Sao Paolo, Barcelona, Houston, and Rome, Italy.

OH&S is presenting a free webinar Oct. 17 about workplace random drug testing, with industry expert Bill Current, president of WFC & Associates, LLC, a national consulting firm that specializes in drug testing policy development, presenting it. OraSure Technologies, Inc. is the sponsor of the "How Safe Is Your Workplace If You Aren't Random Drug Testing?" webinar; visit this page to register.

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