Lautenberg Co-Sponsors Bill To Ban ‘Bath Salts’ Drug

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Sen. Frank Lautenberg

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) announced Thursday that he is co-sponsoring legislation to ban the production, sale and possession of MDPV and mephedrone, synthetic chemicals being marketed and sold as “bath salts,” but used as recreational drugs.

The use of so-called “bath salts” has grown as the chemicals are sold legally online and in convenience stores across the country. These products have been shown to have similar effects on the body as illegal narcotics and have been linked to recent deaths and violent behavior.

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“These so-called ‘bath salts’ are a wolf in sheep’s clothing,” Lautenberg said. “With mounting evidence that these chemicals are harmful to our health and safety, we must move quickly to get them off the market and out of our communities. This bill is a common-sense way to stop dangerous drugs from reaching our neighborhoods and I am committed to fighting for it in the Senate.”

The bill introduced last month by Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) would immediately add these synthetic designer drugs to the Drug Enforcement Agency’s list of banned controlled substances.


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