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Designer drug 'bath salts' banned in New Jersey

A bill to ban the designer "bath salts" drug was signed into law recently by Governor Chris Christie. Known as "Pamela's Law," the law will criminalize the manufacturing, sales, distribution and possession of six chemical compounds commonly found in the synthetic drug. These chemical compounds including mephedrone and MDPV. The chemicals commonly used in bath salts will now be labeled Schedule I Controlled Dangerous Substances in New Jersey.

According to, the recently banned chemical compounds are derivatives of cathinone. Under federal law, cathinone is labeled a Schedule 1 Controlled Dangerous Substance. As discussed in previous posts, a synthetic drug that seeks only to mimic the effects of an already-outlawed drug is technically illegal under the Federal Analog Act. Now, the designer drugs will be specifically illegal under New Jersey law if they contain any of the six banned chemical compounds.

Pamela's Law was named after a Warren Township woman who was killed by a man allegedly under the influence of bath salts. The Division of Consumer Affairs in the Department of Law and Public Safety had already moved to classify the chemicals in bath salts as Schedule 1 under the New Jersey Controlled Dangerous Substances Act. The law now puts that action on the books.

Bath salts are meant to mimic meth or cocaine. They have been on sale in convenience stores, online, in smoke shops and other places. These types of sales will now be illegal. People have been reporting bad reactions and dangerous side effects to the drug, including extreme paranoia or anxiety and violent behavior.

Source: NJTODAY.NET, "Gov. Signs 'Bath Salts' Ban," Aug. 23, 2011


NJTODAY.NET, "Gov. Signs 'Bath Salts' Ban," Aug. 23, 2011

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