Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control to Hold Hearing on Dangerous Synthetic Drugs

WASHINGTON – Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control Chairman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Co-Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) today announced they will hold a hearing on dangerous synthetic drugs, such as Molly, K2, Spice and so-called “bath salts” on Wednesday, September 25, at 2:30 p.m.

            Senator Feinstein recently introduced the Protecting Our Youth from Dangerous Synthetic Drugs Act of 2013 to combat synthetic drugs designed to mimic the effects of controlled substances like ecstasy, PCP and LSD, as well as THC, the principal chemical in marijuana. These controlled substance analogues are currently inadequately controlled under existing federal drug laws.           

  • Senator Dianne Feinstein
  • Senator Chuck Grassley
  • Michael Botticelli, Deputy Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy
  • Nora Volkow, M.D., Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse
  • Joseph T. Rannazzisi, Deputy Assistant Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Office of Diversion Control
  • Timothy Heaphy, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Virginia

           Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control hearing: Dangerous Synthetic Drugs

           2:30 p.m., Wednesday, September 25
           Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 138

            A live stream of the hearing will be available online at