SB 172: Relating to the Abuse of Synthetic Drugs

By Alexa Grigsby*

This blog is part of our 60 Laws in 60 Minutes update to the SHSU community.

Senate Bill 172 was passed during the 84th session of the Texas Legislature and went into effect on the 1st of September, 2015. This bill relates to the abuse of certain synthetic designer drugs and policies put into place to prevent it.

Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) and ecstasy are two kinds of hallucinogens that have long-term harmful effects. The effects of these drugs are also being mimicked by synthetic designer drugs that, before the passing of SB 172, were not listed for criminal prosecution. SB 172 has added these specific synthetic designer drugs to Penalty Groups 1-A and 2 of the Texas Controlled Substances Act, thus making them viable for criminal prosecution.

SB 172 also expands the definition of the term “abuse unit,” which refers to anything that contains a substance that may be abused, such as tablets, sugar cubes, stamps, and so on.

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