AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas Senate has approved making the synthetic drug 25I-NBOMe a controlled substance, potentially banning it from being sold online and in places like convenience stores.
Originally developed as a research tool for scientists, so-called "25I" has psychedelic effects that mimic LSD.
State Sen. Joan Huffman, the bill's author, says 25I overdoses have killed or hospitalized teens in many parts of Texas.
Tuesday's 31-0 vote sends the measure to the House, where it's likely to draw strong support. Huffman said a similar bill passed the Senate in 2013 but died in the House because of what she called "vindictive" opposition from a representative who opposed Huffman on another issue.
Also Tuesday, the Senate approved and sent to the House two bills to limit synthetic marijuana production, distribution and use.
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