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Legislation Banning “Bath Salts” and “Spice” Stalls in U.S. Senate


Legislation that would ban the sale of “bath salts” and “Spice,” which was approved by the U.S. House in December, has stalled in the Senate, American Medical News reports.

The Synthetic Drug Control Act, approved by the House on December 8, bans more than 30 synthetic drugs, including bath salts and Spice. The measure would make it illegal to manufacture or dispense the drugs.

The bill would also give the Drug Enforcement Administration more authority to put temporary bans on potentially hazardous drugs as they are being investigated. The measure passed by a vote of 317 to 98. If it is passed by the Senate, bath salts and Spice will be put on a list of controlled substances. Researchers wishing to study them would need a license to obtain samples.

The legislation is supported by groups representing physicians and public health officials. The Senate version of the bill, introduced by Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa, is being delayed by an objection from Senator Rand Paul, MD, of Kentucky, according to Senator Grassley’s office. Dr. Paul did not respond to inquiries by the publication seeking comment.

The American Association of Poison Control Centers reported 6,072 calls in 2011 about human exposures to bath salts, compared with 303 the previous year.

6 Responses to this article

  1. Avatar of Christy Gastineau
    Christy Gastineau / May 10, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    On March 23rd @ 12:17 am, we lost the youngest member of our family in a horrible accident fueled by bath salts purchased both in Nevada and Arizona. Clinton James Gastineau age 24 was struck by numerous vehicles making it impossible for family members to say good-bye. It was on dark Hwy 93 outside of Dolan Springs he left this world. The events leading up to his death have been very difficult to talk about but someone has to stop these drugs from being sold and at the same time insist the agencies charged with helping those with mental illness “DO THEIR JOB”.

  2. Avatar of Virginia Oldham
    Virginia Oldham / January 13, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    These products are not sold openly in our area. Purchases are made through code and materials are kept under the counter. Cash only sales and no records of sales exist. I believe this constitutes black market sales anyway.

  3. Avatar of bill staar
    bill staar / January 10, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    Day after day our emergency rooms are seeing increasing incidents of Bath Salt Abuse. The last two we handled were one young man running naked through the woods after thinking someone had shot him and another bashing his head into the living room walls. Both had to be kept in restraints and in intensive care. Just two incidents locally while our powers to be stick there heads in the sand!!!

  4. Ned / January 9, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    I’m sure the black market eagerly awaits. The DEA just thinks they’ll be “controlling” the stuff, actually they’ll turning it over to black marketeers, and ensuring higher profits and less competition. Way to go!

    How many years will it be before we see a robust thriving trade in these? Bans don’t work. An understandable impulse but haven’t we learned that simple lesson yet?

  5. Avatar of Doug C
    Doug C / January 9, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    What is Rand Paul’s objection? Anyone know?

  6. Avatar of David
    David / January 9, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    I don’t know, it depends what the intent is. Do bans ever fully work. No, of course not, but (1) they can reduce use and (2) the perception of identifying something as illegal is important!!!

    The prohibition era of the 1920s did reduce alcohol consumption in society and pushing back the legal drinking age to 21 has led to fewer deaths amongst adolescents by percentages.

    These synthetic substances are sold legally as alternative products, such as jewelry cleaners or herbal incense. Kids think that because it’s legal, it’s okay to use. Something has to be done about the wider perception!!!

    Reason #1,001,001,001 as to why sweeping generalizations need to be replaced by the specifics information about the issues.

    Rand Paul probably thinks the government doesn’t have authority to do this. He’s a moron!!!!

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