Today Michigan signed a new law making the anti-depressant tianeptine sodium into a schedule 2 controlled substance. Tianeptine sodium was previously unlisted as a controlled substance in any state or on the federal level.
What is Tianeptine Sodium?
Tianeptine sodium is used as an anti-depressant drug. It is considered an atypical anti-depressant, which means it does not work like your average anti-depressant, such as Prozac. Tianeptine acts by producing opioid-like effects which create a euphoric feeling.
Why Was Tianeptine Sodium Made a Controlled Substance?
There were several bad overdoses from the drug in the Saginaw and Midland areas last year. These concerns led the Michigan State Police to lobby a state lawmaker to take action. The opiate like effects of the drug are likely why people are using it in a recreational way.
What is a Schedule 2 Controlled Substance?
A schedule 2 substance is a drug considered to have a high potential for abuse that could lead to severe physical or mental dependence. The drug also has some currently accepted medical use. Examples of schedule 2 substances include morphine, fentanyl, and cocaine.
As the substance is now classified as a controlled substance, this means the use, possession, sale, and driving under the influence of it are all now violations of the law.
Use and Possession of Tianeptine Sodium
Possession of this substance without a prescription is now a felony, punishable by up to 2 years in prison, a fine of $2,000, or both.
Use of Tianeptine Sodium without a prescription is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to 1 year in jail, a $1,000 fine, or both.
Driving Under the Influence of Tianeptine Sodium
You could be charged with operating while intoxicated if you are suspected of being under the influence of Tianeptine Sodium. Being under the influence means the Tianeptine Sodium has significantly effected your ability to drive in a normal manner.
Sam Bernstein is a Criminal Defense Lawyer in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti.
ArborYpsi Law is located at 4158 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48108.
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