Designer drugs, synthetics and bath salts are at the center of a new battle over illicit drug sales and use across the United States.

Recent legislation signed by President Obama designating approximately 30 designer drugs as Schedule I substances is a great start in building a bigger tool chest by which law enforcement can begin to tackle this nebulous problem.  In Minnesota, our own state government’s effort to make the sale of synthetic drugs a felony is also a positive step in the right direction.

But why are synthetic drugs so hard to legislate?  Why do we need new legislation to stop these drugs? How come current drug laws aren’t enough?

The answer comes in how these drugs are created.  Let me tell you a little more…

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