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Report: "Bath Salt" Overdoses Down

Last updated on Wednesday, July 17, 2013

(UNDATED) - There’s been a dramatic decline in synthetic drug abuse among Hoosiers and a new state law may be the reason.

The latest Indiana Poison Center report shows an 86 percent decrease in reported overdoses of "Bath Salts" since 2011. That's when the first synthetic drug ban was passed.

There was also a 61 percent decrease in "Spice" overdoses over the same time period.

State Senator Jim Merritt advanced legislation in the General Assembly this year to further strengthen Indiana's original synthetic drug ban.

Merritt is pleased the legislation is already making a positive impact. He says Indiana's law will be a model for the rest of the nation.

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