New legislation would ban "bath salts" and other synthetic drugs
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NATIONWIDE -- Senator Charles Schumer announced the new legislation banning synthetic drugs, also known as bath salts, nationwide.
Schumer said the law makes the manufacture and selling of "bath salts" illegal. Specifically named in the legislation are bath salts, synthetic marijuana, and synthetic hallucinogens, along with 31 synthetic compounds used in the manufacturing process.
It's all part of the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act that Schumer said is a life-saving measure.
This comes after destructive episodes of bath salts abusers have become increasingly common in the U.S. and even right here in New York State. The legislation now needs President Obama's signature to be signed into law.
Poison Control experts said the drug being marketed as "bath salts" are not connected to the aromatic crystals that you dump in the tub.
Instead, the name "bath salts" is an umbrella term associated with synthetic drugs meant to mimic the euphoric feeling of drugs like Exstasy.
However, patients turning up at hospitals or calling poison control after using the drug are instead experiencing a gamut of side effects from severe agitation, paranoia to heart palpitations and seizures.
Doctors said the drug can stay in the system for weeks, with paranoia. They said it's one of the longer lasting psychiatric effects of use.