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Published February 19, 2012, 09:35 PM

Minnesota lawmaker tries to combat the problem of synthetic drugs

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) -- A Minnesota lawmaker is trying to combat the ever growing problem of synthetic drugs. Senator Amy Klobuchar met with a Moorhead woman, who's husband had been on the drugs before his untimely death.

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) -- A Minnesota lawmaker is trying to combat the ever growing problem of synthetic drugs. Senator Amy Klobuchar met with a Moorhead woman, who's husband had been on the drugs before his untimely death.

Sarah Chatelain-Gress came to this discussion to get the latest on what is being done to stop the sale and use of synthetic drugs, also known as bath salts.

Sarah: "I have personal experience with addiction, I am a recovering addicts and my husband was a recovering addict."

Synthetic drugs have caused a lot of heart ache and pain for Chatelain-Gress. Her husband, James, used the drug and died in this car crash last June. He had been clean from the drug at the time.

Sarah: "I think that they had some after affects that I don't really think that he knew what he was getting into, I don't think anybody knows what they are getting into with this stuff."

All of these issues are why Senator Amy Klobuchar is leading a bipartisan effort in Congress to ban the harmful chemicals used in such drugs federally rather than only state by state.

Klobuchar: "The affect of Minnesota's law is limited because we have the issue that many of these drugs are sold over the internet, they cross state lines, and then we have the other issue that there are some states that haven't dealt with this at all."

Klobuchar says this problem is growing year after year and needs to be dealt with sooner than later.

Klobuchar: "In 2011 poison control centers across America received more than 13 thousand calls about synthetic drugs, 13 thousand calls, then you think is that really a lot, well here is a number for you, in 2010

the year before they only received 3200 calls."

While those who have been affected personally and those who are affected govern-mentally, discussions like this will hopefully insure more people become aware of this problem to put an end to it.

Sarah: "This is serious and I'm glad that the state is taking some serious action on it."

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