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December 19, 1985

The Senate voted to ban "designer drugs," chemicals that mimic the effects of dangerous illegal drugs but slip through loopholes in current federal laws. The legislation, sponsored by Sens. Strom Thurmond, (R-S. C.) and Lawton Chiles (D-Fla.), was approved by a voice vote without debate and sent to the House. Unscrupulous chemists can sidestep current laws and regulations by manufacturing substances that are slightly different chemically from heroin, PCP or other illegal drugs but have similar effects.

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