- Associated Press - Monday, June 15, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) - District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser wants to give the city’s police chief the power to shut down businesses that sell synthetic drugs.

Bowser said Monday that she’ll submit emergency legislation to the D.C. Council that would allow the chief to close businesses found to be selling synthetic drugs for 96 hours while police investigate.

Officials say there’s been a spike in overdoses attributed to synthetic drugs, with dozens admitted to area hospitals in the past month. The substances can be found at liquor stores and gas stations under names including Scooby Snax and K2. They are primarily used by young people.

Lanier says the current penalties for selling synthetic drugs amount to “a slap on the wrist.” She says the new law would act as a deterrent.

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