State House Takes Aim at ‘Bath Salts,’ Tobash Says

The state House has approved legislation banning so-called “bath salts” and other chemical compounds being abused by drug users in Pennsylvania, Rep. Mike Tobash (R-Schuylkill/Berks) said. 

“Drug users continue to find new substances to help them get high, but these substances always carry with them very dangerous and sometimes lethal side effects,” Tobash said. “State law needs to keep up with these changes if we are ever going to win the war on drugs.” 

House Bill 365 was approved unanimously in the state House last week in response to problems cropping up in communities across the Commonwealth. The bill would ban salvia divinorum, a psychoactive drug that can produce hallucinations, certain chemicals in bath salts and synthetic marijuana by adding these to the state’s controlled substances list. When smoked, snorted or injected into the body, the chemicals produce a high similar to that experienced when using cocaine. 

The chemical compound at issue in the bath salts is 3,4-methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV), which has been banned in the United Kingdom. In addition to Pennsylvania, other states are considering banning the sale of substances containing the chemical and adding it to the state’s controlled substance list. Louisiana and Florida have already banned it. 

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 legislation now moves to the state Senate for consideration. 

State Representative Mike Tobash
125th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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