As demand persists despite attempts to prohibit supply, a regulated framework is needed to control the market. Without requiring labelling and product consistency, people determined to use these products have no idea what they’re getting.
Instead of further criminalization, alternative approaches to reduce accidental deaths and hospitalizations related to drug use, improve public health outcomes, care for vulnerable populations, and protect young people include:
- Provide outreach and resources for vulnerable populations.
- Provide comprehensive drug education about emerging substances.
- Revisit plans to tax and regulate marijuana as a means of reducing demand for synthetic cannabinoids.