A sergeant with the Missoula Drug Task Force tells NBC Montana a new drug law passed yesterday will help authorities prosecute drug offenders.

He tells our team that in the past, drug-makers were able to switch up the chemical make-ups of drugs like “Spice” to side-step the law. Now, authorities can place more focus on what the drugs actually do to users’ bodies, so the umbrella of controlled substances is larger.

House Bill 140 is sponsored by Rep. Tom Berry (R-Colstrip) and received bipartisan support. Attorney General Tim Fox helped design the legislation.

The law takes aim at drugs designed to avoid detection by authorities, and take similar forms to other synthetic drugs like methamphetamine.