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Bills to ban 'bath salts' introduced in both House and Senate

Bills to make the manufacturing, distribution and possession of two substances found in the designer drug sold as "bath salts" have been introduced in the House and Senate. The bills seek to classify MDPV and mephedrone, two drugs found in "bath salts" products, as Schedule I controlled substances regulated under the Controlled Substances Act. Schedule I substances are classified as drugs that have no medicinal purpose.

The bath salts products are not made to put into bathwater, but to be snorted, smoked or swallowed, which gives users a high similar to using meth or cocaine. If the bills pass, it will ban the drugs across the U.S.

Several states, including New Jersey, have moved to ban or have banned the bath salts. At the end of April, New Jersey's attorney general said that the state was classifying six chemicals found in the designer drug products as controlled dangerous substances. This means that it is already illegal in New Jersey to manufacture, sell, distribute or possess the designer drug.

A bill to ban MDPV and mephedrone was introduced in the House by U.S. Representative Sandy Adams. A companion bill was introduced in the Senate by U.S. Senator Charles Schumer of New York. Adams is a Republican and Schumer a Democrat, which demonstrates a bipartisan effort to ban fake meth products.

Lawmakers and federal officials have become concerned as reports have surfaced of people experiencing extreme illness or death or committing violent crimes while using the drugs. People may think that they are safe, legal alternatives to meth because they are sold in stores, but they are unregulated and there is no way to know how strong a certain product or dose will be. People have experienced extreme paranoia, hallucinations, psychosis, kidney failure and other serious side effects from using the bath salts.


Congresswoman Adams leads push against drugs in bath salts (Florida Today)

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