Nebraska ban on synthetic designer drugs advances
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Chemicals that are used in the newest generation of designer drugs would become illegal in Nebraska, under a measure advancing in the Legislature. Lawmakers gave first-round approval Monday to a bill that would restrict key ingredients in the synthetic drugs, which can mimic the effects of methamphetamine, marijuana and LSD. Sen. Beau McCoy of Omaha says he introduced the measure to address newer versions of the synthetic drugs that aren't currently restricted. The bill is dubbed "Tyler's Law" in honor of Tyler Smith, a Bellevue West High School student who committed suicide in September. A packet of synthetic marijuana was found in his pocket, and his suicide followed a sudden change in his behavior. The measure advanced, 34-0, through the first of three votes.