Rep. Dermody sponsors legislation to study effects of powdered alcohol

Posted by: Courtney Scott  | Thursday, April 9, 2015

STATEHOUSE – State Representative Tom Dermody (R-LaPorte) sponsored a bill banning the possession, purchase, sale or use of powdered alcohol. Thursday, the bill passed the Indiana House of Representatives by a vote of 90-4.

Powdered alcohol was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on March 11.  Currently, one serving is equivalent to about one shot of liquor. However, concerns have been raised that powdered alcohol, which can be snorted, could increase the risk of alcohol abuse or misuse. Additionally, with the liquor in powdered form, it can be concealed more easily which could increase the risk of it being put into someone’s drink without their knowledge. 

“Powdered alcohol is a relatively new product, and we are still trying to determine the potential impact it could have in Indiana,” said Rep. Dermody. “Alcohol is a regulated substance for a reason, so I think it is important that we be proactive and study this product, which could potentially be dangerous, more in-depth before allowing it to hit the shelves.” 

Senate Bill (SB) 6 not only makes it a Class B infraction to possess, purchase, sell, offer to sell or use powdered alcohol, but also urges the Legislative Council to assign the topic of powdered alcohol to an interim study committee. 

Five states, including Alaska, Louisiana, South Carolina, Vermont and Virginia, have already banned powdered alcohol. A total of 28 states have also had bills introduced with similar intent.  

For more information on SB 6, please visit iga.in.gov

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