The Cherokee Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad want to make sure citizens of Cherokee County are aware of new Georgia Laws relating to prescription medications and some other abused substances. On Friday, May 13, 2011, Governor Nathan Deal signed into law Senate Bill 36 and Senate Bill 93.
Senate Bill 36 is Georgia's prescription drug monitoring program law (known as the PMP). It goes into effect July 1st, but no funding was earmarked to implement the law. Director C. Richard Allen, of the Georgia Drug and Narcotics Agency, says that the State has set as a goal to get the PMP up and running by January 1, 2013. The Georgia Drug and Narcotics Agency is the state agency tasked with oversight of Georgia pharmacies and pharmacists.
Senate Bill 93 is a law which is effective immediately upon signature of the Governor – meaning it became the law as of May 13, 2011. This bill makes all bath salts being sold in convenience stores Class One controlled substances. The bath salts the law refers to are being snorted or injected to give abusers a “meth like” high, but the bath salts are not intended for human consumption. There have been a number of reports of deaths related to the use of bath salts. A Class One controlled substance is one for which there is no legitimate medical use. Senate Bill 93 also makes all pseudoephedrine products Class Five exempt controlled substances, meaning pseudoephedrine can no longer be sold in any store that is not a licensed pharmacy in Georgia, and even then the drug must be kept behind the prescription counter.