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ST. PAUL - Rep. Erik Simonson of Duluth says it is time to think outside the box when it comes to synthetic drugs.
Tuesday marked the first meeting of the newly-formed House Committee on Controlled Substances and Synthetic Drugs.
The goal of the group is to think of some aggressive tactics that can fight the sale and use of synthetics.
A group of people joined in on the meeting at the Minnesota State Capitol.
Representatives from the BCA, Board of Pharmacy and attorneys all gave their perspective on the growing problems surrounding synthetic drugs.
The meeting was meant to set the groundwork for new laws next session.
"My goal is that we come back with a unanimous recommendation working together on this issue and come up with something that A, we think will work, B, we will think is going to be effective and C, most importantly, we can pass," Rep. Simonson said.
Last session, Rep. Simonson was trying to get a bill passed that would make it easier to penalize those selling and using synthetics.
But he said the time frame was too short and that several legislators were not aware of the full effects of the products.
Education will also be a key component of the new initiative.
Committee members also said they believe it will be important to educate youth about what the products are before it is too late.