AKRON- Akron City Council has passed a resolution urging Ohio lawmakers to impose a ban on the sale of powdered alcohol across the state.
Their support of House Bill 594 comes after consulting with Darryl Brake, the Executive Director of the Summit County Community Partnership who says concerns over a product called "Palcohol" have risen to among the organizations top perceived threats to the community.
Palcohol has quietly received government approval for sale in the United States. It is, however, awaiting approval for its labeling.
Its introduction has generated concerns over how it might be misused.
"Young people would have access to it and it can be hidden and utilized or handled in a clandestine way. They can take it to school. How would school administration know when someone is carrying Palcohol with intent to mix it and drink it later?" said Brake, adding, "The fact that it can be put on food, the fact that it can be administered to someone unknowingly, that was another concern."
Akron City Council is also asking retailers across the city not to even carry the product.
At Lorenzo's Drive Through, Ahab Okab said he would have no interest in it regardless of whether or not it is legal to sell.
"I mean you have enough problems with alcohol and watching for minors and stuff; so this is just going to escalate the problem really and you never know what circle is going to use it for, what purpose, whatever it is," said Okab.
The manufacturer of Palcohol says on its website it is not granting interviews until the product has gone through the entire approval process.
They are, however, firing back against negative comments made about the product.
The manufacturer claims the packages of Palcohol would be too bulky to conceal and slip into a concert or a sports event.
They also claim the sale would be regulated just as any alcohol product so it would not be sold to minors.
The company also insists it does not dissolve quickly enough to be slipped unknowingly into someone's drink.
In a statement on its website, the makers of Palcohol say "perceived negative aspects of powdered alcohol are the result of ignorance about the product."
But in its resolution, Akron City Council says "The public health risks and potential for abuse created by powdered alcohol far outweigh any value it may have in the marketplace, and immediate action is necessary to prevent powdered alcohol from reaching the marketplace."