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New Law Bans Bath Salts, Other Related Chemicals, Pickett Says

Legislation to take a dangerous new drug off the streets and out of retail locations has been signed into law today, Rep. Tina Pickett (R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna) reported. 

Gov. Tom Corbett signed the legislation this afternoon which ensures that the sale of bath salts, known as fake cocaine, and synthetic marijuana is prohibited in Pennsylvania. When smoked, snorted or injected into the body, the chemicals within these substances produce a high similar to that experienced when using cocaine. 

“The rapid rise of use of this drug – and the dangerous and deadly consequences that have resulted – needed to be addressed, and I am pleased that one of the first new laws of this session appropriately places these drugs on the state’s controlled substances list,” Pickett said. “The effects of these salts are comparable to methamphetamine abuse, and when users are getting high and having hallucinations, they are sometimes committing violent acts, not only endangering themselves but others as well.” 

Senate Bill 1006 adds chemical compounds in these drugs – to include salvia divinorum, salvinorin A, divinorin A, synthetic marijuana and synthetic cocaine – to the state’s list of controlled substances. Since these chemicals were not classified as controlled substances, they were being sold in retail locations like hemp shops, tobacco stores and other non-traditional places for as low as $20 a package. Due to their availability, individuals incorrectly believed these drugs to be safe, even though they had a high potential for abuse. 

The bath salts that are now banned do not include those sold at specialty retailers or department stores. The bath salts with the chemical compound are sold under brands like “Ivory Wave,” “White Lightning” and “Hurricane Charlie.” 

“By getting these drugs out of the marketplace, with our intent to help keep them off the streets, people will realize the danger of these drugs,” Pickett said.  

The legislation takes effect in 60 days. 

State Representative Tina Pickett
110th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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