Ohio enacts rule banning synthetic drug chemicals

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The state says a new rule has gone into effect in Ohio that permanently bans two new chemicals abused as illegal synthetic drugs.

The rule announced by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and State Pharmacy Board Director Kyle Parker attempts to outlaw synthetic drugs no matter how many times new versions are created.

The rule taking effect Thursday classifies two chemical compounds as controlled substances illegal under Ohio law.

Authorities say the compounds appeared after a 2012 law went into effect banning all synthetic drugs that existed at the time.

The chemicals are often sprayed on plant material to mimic the effect of marijuana.

The rule eliminates the need for legislation each time new synthetic drugs are created.

The drugs can have effects similar to but longer-lasting than amphetamines.