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.

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    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”.

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    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.

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    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!!!

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    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?

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    Doug C

    January 9, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    What is Rand Paul’s objection? Anyone know?

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