“These poisons are called ‘fake drugs,’ but the danger they present to young people and the burden the use of these ‘fake’ drugs puts on our police departments and hospitals is all too real,” said Rep. Jennifer Mann, D-Lehigh, who helpd pass the law earlier this year. “As of today we’re giving our police officers the tools they need to get these drugs off the street and out of retail stores.”
Under the law, the first offense for delivery or possession with the intent to deliver carries a penalty of up to five years in prison and a $15,000 fine. Simple possession of the drug carries a penalty of up to a year in prison and a $5,000 fine.
“The biggest problem with these drugs was access – a 17-year old couldn’t walk into a mini-mart and buy cigarettes or walk into a bar and buy alcohol without severe repercussions for the teenager and for the business doing the selling,” Mann said, “but before this law that same teenager could walk into a smoke shop and buy a synthetic version of cocaine that’s been called even more intense and dangerous than the real drug by addicts.”
Pennsylvania is now 21st state to ban these drugs, she said.
“There are already reports of a new ‘fake’ drug they’re calling ‘Jewelry Cleaner’ replacing bath salts on shelves,” Mann said. “While this new law is an important tool, it’s equally important for parents to be aware of what their children are bringing home and for community leaders to be aware of what’s being sold in their towns.”
– Article Originally from Public Opinion Online.