House votes to ban 'bath salts,' synthetic drugs

Posted: June 14, 2011

HARRISBURG - The state House of Representatives voted unanimously Monday to ban the synthetically produced drugs known as bath salts.

The House bill also would add the salvia divinorum plant, the chemicals salvinorin A and divinorin A, synthetic marijuana, and synthetic cocaine or heroin to the list of Schedule I controlled substances. The House amended the bill to prohibit all chemical substances analogous to bath salts. The bill now goes to the Senate.

Drugs packaged as bath salts or incense sell for as little as $10 and can cause extreme paranoia and hallucinations.

New Jersey has already banned bath salts, as have Florida and Louisiana. In Pennsylvania, Schuylkill and Lackawanna Counties have taken steps to ban the drugs, as has the city of Lock Haven. - AP

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