Officials enact statewide ban on dangerous ‘bath salts’

October 11, 2011

By Staff

In a decision announced Oct. 3, state health officials banned the dangerous chemicals in so-called bath salts — dangerous substances used as substitutes for cocaine and methamphetamine.

The state Board of Pharmacy banned the sale, possession and use of products called Spice, K-2, bath salts, plant food, Ivory Wave and White Lightening. The chemicals in the products mimic the effects of cocaine, Ecstasy, LSD and methamphetamine.

Users typically inhale the bath salts in a manner similar to snorting cocaine.

In April, the Board of Pharmacy adopted a temporary emergency ban on bath salts and later adopted a permanent ban. The rule is due to go into effect by Nov. 3.

The state ban gives clear authority to law enforcement agencies to prosecute people for the manufacture, distribution, sale and possession of bath salts.

Based on complaints and reports to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency from poison centers, hospital emergency rooms and law enforcement agencies, the DEA also announced a yearlong, nationwide ban.

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