Pasadena Congresswoman Decries Synthetic Drugs, Calls for New Congressional Approach

first_imgGovernment Pasadena Congresswoman Decries Synthetic Drugs, Calls for New Congressional Approach Published on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 | 2:56 pm Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Top of the News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Community News Community News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday center_img More Cool Stuff HerbeautyKeep Your Skin Flawless With These Indian Beauty RemediesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty11 Signs Your Perfectionism Has Gotten Out Of ControlHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThink The Lost Weight Won’t Be Regained If You Stop Eating A Lot?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeauty Make a comment First Heatwave Expected Next Week Business News Congresswoman Judy Chu (extreme right) seen during testimony about synthetic drugs on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 in Washington, D.C.Tuesday, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Homeland Security, and Investigations held a hearing entitled “Synthetic Drugs, Real Danger” to examine the growing problem of the manufacture and use of synthetic drugs and law enforcement responses.Pasadena’s Congresswoman, Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27), participated as one of the lead Democrats of the subcommittee.“Cheap, dangerous, and often marketed to youth, designer synthetic drugs are becoming increasingly popular among teens and young adults – to lethal effect,” Chu said after the hearing. “The stories I heard today were incredibly moving and helped to open all of our eyes to the pernicious impact these new drugs are having on our communities. Produced in a laboratory to mimic or enhance natural drugs, synthetic drugs do not receive Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval or any oversight. Instead, they are sold readily in stores and online.”Chu cited the testimony of Devin Eckhardt, whose son slipped into a coma and died from synthetic drugs.“Even one use can be life-ending. It’s clear that Congress must take increased steps to strengthen our tools for stopping these drugs,” Chu said.She called for a new proactive approach that will streamline the process of identifying and scheduling these synthetic drugs, combat the manufacture and importation of synthetic drugs, and work with local business and law enforcement to keep them off the streets and out of our children’s hands.”Witnesses at the hearing included Louis Milione, Deputy Assistant Administrator for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Officer William Smith Jr., a member of the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department, Dr. David Nichols, Adjunct Professor of Chemical Biology and Medicinal Chemistry, and Devin Eckhardt, the father of Connor Eckhardt who died after his first experience with the synthetic drug known as “spice”.Further details on this hearing are accessible through the House Judiciary Committee, found here. Subscribe Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more