Leahy-Chaired Panel Approves Bill To Make Designer Drugs Known As “Bath Salts” Illegal

WASHINGTON (Thursday, July 28, 2011) – A panel chaired by Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Thursday approved legislation to make synthetic drugs known commonly as “bath salts” illegal.

The Combating Dangerous Synthetic Stimulants Act was approved unanimously by the Senate Judiciary Committee, and will make so-called “bath salts” a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act.  Schedule I drugs have the highest abuse potential, and are not used for medical treatment in the United States.  The highly addictive “bath salts” are manufactured largely overseas, but there is currently no regulation of the substance in the United States. 

“These are dangerous drugs that pose serious risks to the public,” said Leahy, who joined as a cosponsor of the bill.  “‘Bath salts’ have resulted in a number of reports of individuals acting violently in the United States, including in Vermont, and have led to injuries to those using them and to others.  The Combating Dangerous Synthetic Stimulants Act will make these dangerous drugs illegal.”

A top concern is the easy availability of the synthetic drug, which can be purchased online or in stores when labeled as “not for human consumption.”  Some states have moved to ban the substance.

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday also approved two bills to ban synthetic marijuana and other certain synthetic drugs.

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