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Proposed Ban on What's Called "Palcohol"

MIAMISBURG -- It's kinda like Kool-Aid you just add water, but you don't get a sugary drink.

You get alcohol.

It's called "palcohol" and now Ohio lawmakers are proposing legislation that would ban it in the State of Ohio.

Last year, we spent 3-point-5-billion dollars just in Ohio on the treatment of alcohol and drugs.

It's a staggering number and one that state lawmakers want to keep from going up.

Pouring yourself a drink is common, but using a powder and adding water to make a drink, has state legislators concerned.

"What's to stop somebody from mixing two or three packets with that amount of liquid and really beefing up the alcoholic content," Ohio State Representative Jim Buchy, (R) 84th District.

Palcohol was approved earlier this year by the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, but they quickly rescinded, saying the approval was made in error.

Now, Ohio lawmakers want to keep it out of the buckeye state all together.

"We're concerned that it's, it's going to be used like any other powdered substance to help people get high," said Representative Buchy.

"It would be abused by young kids that aren't even old enough to drink, they would think hey, this is an easy way to get high," said Elizabeth Eckert.

While some agree with state legislators, others say it's not up to lawmakers to decide what's best for them, it's an individual's decision.

"I think people have choices. And if they put their beer and wine away at home so that the kids can't get it then they should be putting away the palcohol," said Connie Warmoth.

Alaska and South Carolina have already banned palcohol.

New york, Vermont and Minnesota have proposed legislation to ban it as well.

 
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