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Minn. to battle synthetic drugs

ST.PAUL, Minn. (KFGO AM) -- Attorney General Lori Swanson and a committee of Minnesota lawmakers have unveiled proposals to combat the rising threat of synthetic drugs.

Swanson says part of what makes the drugs so dangerous is that they're easily available and are often marketed to kids, who falsely believe the drugs are safe.

The panel recommends that Minnesota lawmakers give the State Board of Pharmacy the power to order businesses to stop selling synthetic drugs.

The panel also proposes a statewide educational campaign on synthetic drugs, expanded drug definitions and training for prosecutors.

It also recommends giving the Board of Pharmacy the authority to add products to Minnesota's list of banned drugs.