Tucson Police begin enforcement of synthetic-drug ban - Tucson News Now

Police begin enforcement of synthetic-drug ban

For now, merchants can turn over synthetic drugs to police with no penalty. For now, merchants can turn over synthetic drugs to police with no penalty.
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Tucson Police will begin to enforce new laws surrounding synthetic drugs like Spice.

The law banning all synthetic drug substances went into effect at the beginning of this month.

Today police will be visiting the stores suspected of selling the substances.

Doctors say this drug is chemically produced and has many side effects, including seizures, panic attacks and aggression.

However, experts say even thought this new law is a step in the right direction, this is just the start of banning synthetic drugs.

"Even a single chemical, by changing one structure here, it becomes a different structure, a different chemical, and that's how you stay ahead of law enforcement," said Dr. Mazda Shirazi with the Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center.

For now, merchants can turn over the drugs with no penalty.

But officials say they will make follow-up visits and then violators will be prosecuted.

Tucson News Now will have a live report on this story on KOLD News 13 Live a 5.

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