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Published May 24, 2012, 05:26 PM

Legislation to ban some synthetic drugs passes US Senate

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Legislation to ban some synthetic drugs has passed the U.S. Senate as part of a broader bill covering several pharmaceutical and medical issues.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Legislation to ban some synthetic drugs has passed the U.S. Senate as part of a broader bill covering several pharmaceutical and medical issues.

The legislation would ban a substance known as 2C-E and eight similar substances. It also takes aim at some chemicals found in synthetic marijuana and synthetics marketed as bath salts.

Efforts to tighten regulation of synthetics follow the 2011 death of a Blaine man, Trevor Robinson, who was among 11 partygoers sickened by using a substance that included 2C-E.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a sponsor of the legislation, said it awaits passage in the House.

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