The ban gives clear authority to law enforcement to prosecute for the manufacture, distribution, sale, and possession of these substances. The board will continue to work with prosecutors and the Washington State Patrol Forensic Laboratory to update the list of banned substances, as needed.
Based on complaints and reports to the United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) from poison centers, hospitals and law enforcement, the DEA recently announced a yearlong, nationwide ban. Several countries and 30 states have already taken action to make these substances illegal.
More information is on the Washington State Board of Pharmacy website (www.doh.wa.gov/hsqa/Professions/Pharmacy/default.htm).