The American Medical Association is calling for a ban on powdered alcohol to protect young people, Medscape reports. The group notes alcohol is the most widely used substance of abuse among young people, leading to 4,300 underage deaths annually.
The Michigan House of Representatives approved a bill to ban the sale, distribution and possession of powdered alcohol. If the bill is signed by Governor Rick Snyder, Michigan would become the 27th state to ban powdered alcohol, Reuters reports.
The maker of the powdered alcohol product “Palcohol” says it is no more dangerous than liquid alcohol, The Wall Street Journal reports. Palcohol, recently approved for sale by a federal agency, has been banned in six states. A bill to ban powered alcohol’s sale and manufacture nationwide has been introduced by Senator Charles Schumer of New York.
U.S. Senator Charles Schumer of New York has introduced a measure to ban the production, sale and possession of powdered alcohol, NPR reports. Schumer’s announcement came two days after a federal agency announced it had approved sale of the product, called “Palcohol.”
Although alcohol in powdered form has been around for decades – long before a 1976 patent for it was issued to the General Foods Corporation – the announcement of a new product tabbed for the market has pushed the topic back to the forefront.
U.S. Senator Charles Schumer of New York says he will introduce a bill that would ban powdered alcohol. He is also urging retailers to boycott the product’s sale, which he says could hit store shelves as early as September.
U.S. Senator Charles Schumer of New York is asking the Food and Drug Administration to prevent federal approval of the powdered alcohol product called Palcohol. He said it could become “the Kool-Aid of teen binge drinking.”
The approval of labels for a powdered alcohol product called “Palcohol” was a mistake, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau said Monday. Palcohol gained widespread publicity in recent days after it was reported the government agency approved the labels.