CALCASIEU PARISH, LA (KPLC) - A new state drug law will help keep track of illegal substances as new ones are created.
Underground drug makers are tweaking the chemical compounds in existing synthetic drugs, basically making the drug legal to possess and distribute.
Calcasieu Parish District Attorney John DeRosier supported the bill into law. He said when new drugs are found, they can temporarily be added to the list of illegal drugs until the next legislative session where it can be decided on to be permanently added to the list.
"We don't want to have to wait a whole year and allow people to sell harmful substances to our citizens," DeRosier said. "The problem with some of these synthetics is you really don't know what's in them."
The illegal drugs on this "list" are grouped into different schedules. Schedule one being most dangerous and schedule five being least dangerous.
Once added to the list, under any schedule, the drug automatically becomes illegal to possess and/or distribute and the subject can and will be prosecuted. But by tweaking just one compound in the drug, DeRosier said it becomes a dangerous situation.
"You may find different chemical compositions in each of those packages, you just don't know because they aren't regulated by any pharmacy board because they contain very dangerous substances that can produce hallucinations, paranoia and even death," DeRosier said.
But he said it's a fight that will never end and is something the legislature will have to keep up with every year.
Again, if a drug is temporarily placed on the list of illegal drugs, in the next legislative session, the legislature has to agree to permanently keep the drug on the list. This will then make it permanently illegal to possess or distribute.