BATON ROUGE, LA (WVUE) - In the latest move of a constant cat-and-mouse game between government regulators and the creators of designer drugs, the state moves to ban a new synthetic drug compound called "5f-ADB."
State health officials say the drug, sold under the name "Blue Nugs" has been showing up more frequently in Louisiana and other states.
"Drug makers change the compounds in these drugs as soon as we ban them, so the versions sold in retail stores aren't necessarily safe and could potentially be banned in the future," said State Health Officer Dr. Jimmy Guidry in a news release from the Department of Health and Hospitals.
"New chemicals are constantly entering the market and we need to continue to add these dangerous synthetic marijuana compounds to our list of banned substances," according to Guidry.
The ban adds the specific chemical compound to the list of Schedule 1 Controlled Dangerous Substances.
The Department of Health and Hospitals describes it as very similar to a number of already banned substances. According to DHH, the banned substances have caused deaths and thousands of hospitalizations in recent years.