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Tougher laws are helping with drug problem

Staff Report • Oct 12, 2012 at 8:47 AM

We must give credit to state legislators for passing a law earlier this year to ban the sale of synthetic drugs in Tennessee. Users and law enforcement officials have testified that these products can be as dangerous, if not more dangerous, than the real thing.

According to a report by The Associated Press, data from law enforcement agencies, drug treatment centers and hospitals reveals a significant decline in synthetic drug use in Tennessee after the law was passed to ban most of the substances.

Tennessee lawmakers have tried to tackle the synthetic drug problem before, only to see manufacturers change the formula to include substances not included in the ban. This time, however, it appears lawmakers have found the right recipe when it comes to banning the sale of bath salts. At least for now.

We should not delude ourselves into believing this issue has been laid to rest. As we’ve seen from the state’s efforts to battle meth, the war on drugs never ends.

That’s evident by Tennessee’s continued efforts to battle meth. Despite this state having some of the toughest laws in the country against making methamphetamine, there are still people who are willing to put both themselves and innocent bystanders at risk by cooking this dangerous concoction.

If the war on drugs has taught us anything by now it is this: Tougher laws alone are not enough to solve the problem. Breaking the cycle of drug dependency must be part of the battle plan.

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