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Two new synthetic drugs banned by state

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 Two new designer drugs have been banned by state health officials because of the danger they pose.

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has banned synthetic marijuana compounds commonly called "Train Wreck 2" and “Kali Berry 2.”

“These are designer drugs in the purest sense,’’ said Dr. Mark Ryan, director of the Louisiana Poison Control Center in Shreveport. “They are being developed for the sole purpose of being abused. I've seen the terrible effects they cause and feel that we must do everything possible to control this problem."

Train Wreck 2 or FUB-AMB (methyl (1-(4-fluorobenzyl)-1 H-indazole-3-carbonyl)valinate), has been added to the schedule of Controlled Dangerous Substances after consultation with state and local health and law enforcement officials. Also added is "Kali Berry 2,’’ or 5-fluoro-AMB ((S)- methyl 2- (1- (5- fluoropentyl)- 1H- indazole- 3- carboxamido)- 3- methylbutanoate). Both compounds will be considered Schedule 1 controlled substances.

DHH Secretary Kathy H. Kliebert signed the Emergency Rule Thursday, after consultation with the Poison Control Center, State Health Officer Jimmy Guidry, Louisiana State Police and East Baton Rouge parish law enforcement officials.

" These are toxic chemicals mixed with no safe acceptable doses,’’ said Guidry. “Louisiana residents need to know that synthetic marijuana can kill; it's as simple as that."

Secretary Kliebert said, " These are dangerous chemical mixtures that can have serious medical impacts on their users. I am grateful for the work of law enforcement across the state as well as Louisiana Poison Control in helping to identify new substances."

According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, synthetic cannabinoids, which were first reported in the United States in 2009, are both dangerous and addictive, with health risks including:

Severe agitation, anxiety and paranoia;
Fast, racing heartbeat and elevated blood pressure;
Nausea and vomiting;
Muscle spasms, seizures, and tremors;
Intense hallucinations and psychotic episodes; and
Suicidal and other harmful thoughts and/or actions. 

These drugs are untested, have no known medicinal value and as such there is no accepted dose, health officials state. The pharmacology and toxicity of these substances is mostly unknown. Poison Control Centers have received over 17,000 calls related to synthetic cannabinoids since 2010.

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