Pick Your Community: | Hopkins | Muhlenberg | Daviess | Christian | Fayette | Henderson | Lakes | McCracken | Warren | Webster

Gov. Beshear Ceremonially Signs Law Banning Synthetic Drugs

beshear6 300FRANKFORT, Ky. (8/1/13) – Governor Steve Beshear has ceremonially signed into law House Bill 8, adding new substances to the definitions of banned synthetic drugs and controlled substances.
 
The law, passed during the 2013 legislative session, helps the legal system stay one step ahead of underground chemists who tweak the formulas of prohibited drugs in an attempt to keep them legal.
 
In 2012, the General Assembly passed legislation allowing newly discovered synthetic drugs to be classified as Schedule 1 through the administrative regulation process. House Bill 8 codified the drugs identified through that process.
 
“Synthetic drugs pose a tremendous risk to our communities, mainly because they are often marketed as harmless household products,” Gov. Beshear said. “By clearly identifying these substances in the law, we can educate Kentuckians about the dangers posed by these drugs.”
 
The law also added synthetic drug activity within the offense of unlawful transaction with a minor in the second degree, and modified the time periods during which certain methamphetamine offenders are prohibited from purchasing ephedrine-based products.
 
"Our partners in law enforcement continue to discover new synthetics and dangerous, experimental chemical compounds being created and abused, threatening Kentucky families,” said Sen. Whitney Westerfield. “However, we remain vigilant for necessary changes to the law to protect against these substances. Chairman Tilley's House Bill 8 is the latest effort on this front, and I was glad to play a role in moving it through the Senate. As the landscape changes we must continue to fight substance abuse with adequate laws and resources to stop those responsible and help those in need."
 
“Effective synthetic drug policy demands a quick response to deadly changes in formula. That’s what this latest bill represents,” said Rep. John Tilley, of Hopkinsville, sponsor of the bill. “Thankfully, our law allows us to stay one step ahead, which saves lives.”
 
SurfKY News
Information provided by the office of Gov. Steve Beshear

© Copyright 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story by using one of the social media links below.

3/12 - 718 switched from reg 2 to hopkins only

Stock Report

1 DOW 16,982.59
+22.02 (0.13%)    
2 S&P 1,978.91
+0.57 (0.03%)    
3 NASDAQ 4,444.91
-4.65 (-0.10%)    
3/12 - 718 switched from reg 2 to hopkins only
3/12 - 718 switched from reg 2 to hopkins only

In Other News...

Foot Pursuit Ends with Arrest

DRAKESBORO, Ky. (7/28/14) — A foot pursuit ended with the arrest of a suspect and injuries for him and a Kentucky State… Read More

Burglary Arrest

CADIZ, Ky. (7/28/14) — Cadiz Police received a complaint of a person trying to sell people a riding lawn mower on Mary… Read More
3/12 - 718 switched from reg 2 to hopkins only

Most Read This Week (Site-Wide)

July 24, 2014 3934

Powderly Man Injured in Apparent Gun…

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
July 24, 2014 2841

Madisonville Man Charged for Drugs,…

in Top Stories by Trooper Stu Recke
July 25, 2014 2212

No One Injured in Truck-Train Collision

in Top Stories by Ami Clayton, SurfKY News
July 28, 2014 2089

Madisonville Woman Arrested for Being a…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department
July 24, 2014 1818

Muhlenberg to Have State's Only Honey…

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News

Most Read Stories from Hopkins County

July 24, 2014 2841

Madisonville Man Charged for Drugs,…

in Top Stories by Trooper Stu Recke
July 25, 2014 2212

No One Injured in Truck-Train Collision

in Top Stories by Ami Clayton, SurfKY News
July 28, 2014 2089

Madisonville Woman Arrested for Being a…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department
July 28, 2014 1771

Madisonville Man Arrested for Endangering…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department
July 25, 2014 1454

Vehicle Strikes Lawn Mower Driven on…

in Top Stories by Dep. Mike Evans

Most Read Stories from Owensboro

July 24, 2014 1367

US 231 Ohio River 'William Natcher'…

in News by Keith Todd
July 24, 2014 1086

Maintenance Scheduled at Fisher Park and…

in News by Brittni Bunn
July 24, 2014 920

Portion of Spring Bank Drive Closed…

in News by Sherry Girten
July 28, 2014 622

Zuberer Takes Over at Quarterback for…

in News by Steve LeMaster
July 28, 2014 578

Dont Miss Out on a Howl of a Good Time

in News by Brittni Bunn

Most Read Stories from Muhlenberg County

July 24, 2014 3934

Powderly Man Injured in Apparent Gun…

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
July 24, 2014 1818

Muhlenberg to Have State's Only Honey…

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
July 24, 2014 1331

Marching Mustangs Band Camp Underway

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
July 25, 2014 1327

Business Spotlight - McQuady's Automotive

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
July 25, 2014 1150

Business Spotlight - Blue Moon Car Wash

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News

SurfKY News Group, Inc. Central Office & Printing Division
1125 Nebo Rd.  •  Madisonville, KY 42431  •  270.452.2249 (fax)
Main Number: 270.452.2727 (phone)  •  Printing Division Direct Line: 270.821.8600 (phone)

SurfKY Owensboro News Bureau
920 Frederica St. / Suite 210  •  Owensboro, KY 42301  •  270.683-8060 (phone)


Contact a member of our staff: www.surfky.com/contact
Copyright © 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc.  •  Terms of Use  •  Site Map

social 06social 21social 22social 04social 03