Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control to Hold Hearing on Dangerous Synthetic Drugs

Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control Chairman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Co-Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) will hold a hearing on dangerous synthetic drugs, such as Molly, K2, Spice and “bath salts” this Wednesday, September 25, at 2:30 p.m.

Among those attending and participating in the hearing will be Senator Dianne Feinstein; Senator Chuck Grassley; Michael Botticelli (Deputy Director of National Drug Control Policy; Nora Volkow, Ph.D. (Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse); Joseph T. Rannazzisi (Deputy Assistant Administrator of the Drug Enforcement); and Timothy Heaphy (U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Virginia).

Senator Feinstein recently introduced the Protecting Our Youth from Dangerous Synthetic Drugs Act of 2013 to combat synthetic drugs designed to mimic the effects of controlled substances like ecstasy, PCP and LSD, as well as THC, the principal chemical in marijuana. These controlled substance analogues are currently inadequately controlled under existing federal drug laws.

Those interested in viewing the hearing can watch it live at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday on the website of The Caucus on International Narcotics Control.

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