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‘Bath Salts’ Ban Now Law, Tobash Says

Responding to the latest trend among drug addicts, state lawmakers have adopted a new law to ban bath salts and other chemical compounds being abused in Pennsylvania, Rep. Mike Tobash (R-Schuylkill/Berks) said.


“These non-traditional drugs are just as dangerous, if not more dangerous, than cocaine and heroin,” Tobash said. “Law enforcement officers have been pleading for this law because they had no real way of taking action against the people who sell, use or deal these substances.


“This law is an important step forward in the ongoing fight against drug abuse,” he added.


Senate Bill 1006 bans the following substances in Pennsylvania: Salvia Divinorum, Salvinorin A, Divinorin A, synthetic marijuana, synthetic cocaine/heroin (also known as concentrated bath salts) and psychedelic phenethylamines (referred to collectively as 2C or the 2C family).


The bill was amended in the House to prohibit all chemical substances that are analogous to the substances currently found in bath salts and 2C.


“Our amendment recognizes that drug users often get creative in their search for an easily accessible high,” Tobash said. “This makes the law more flexible in order to deal with those efforts.”


When smoked, snorted or injected into the body, the banned chemicals produce a high similar to that experienced when using cocaine. They can also lead to death.


Tobash noted that the bath salts being abused by drug users are not those found at department stores or specialty bath shops. These concentrated bath salts are typically found in tobacco shops, hemp stores and other non-traditional locations.


The law takes effect in 60 days.


State Representative Mike Tobash
125th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Contact:  Patricia Hippler
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