Schumer Wants Ban On Drug-Like Bath Salts

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP/CBSNewYork) — U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer wants the federal government to ban new designer drugs known as bath salts that are legal in many states even though they pack as much punch as cocaine or methamphetamines.

The small, inexpensive packets of powder are meant to be snorted for a hallucination-inducing high, but they are often marketed with a wink on the Internet or in convenience stores as bathing salts or plant food.

“It’s sort of different than smelling an aerosol can because an aerosol can has a legitimate purpose. There are no legitimate purposes to these drugs. They are not bath salts. They are not plant food,” Schumer said.

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A handful of states have already banned the active ingredients in the powders, mephedrone and methylenedioxypyrovalerone, also known as MDPV.

The drugs also have nicknames like Tranquility, Zoom and White Lightning and Hurricane Charlie, said Schumer, who added that the drugs are being sold at convenient stores, smoke shops and online.

“They’re released by snorting, smoking or injecting the powder, which produces a deadly high with the same effect on the body as cocaine or methamphetamines,” Schumer said.

The Democratic senator is announcing a bill Sunday that would add those chemicals to the list of federally controlled substances.

“They’re made for one thing and one thing only: to get a cheap, quick and often dangerous high,” Schumer said.

Some experts say the drugs can cause hallucinations, paranoia, rapid heart rates and suicidal thoughts.

“These so-called bath salts contain ingredients that are nothing more than legally sanctioned narcotics, and they are being sold cheaply to all comers, with no questions asked, at store counters around the country,” Schumer said.

“The longer we wait to ban the substance, the greater risk we put our kids in,” he said.

Poison control centers in several states have reported a surge in reports of bad reactions to the drugs.

Schumer said some of the packets range from as low as $14 to as high as $40.

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  • Anonymous

    For y’all who think that him putting this out there is stupid, you aren’t the one who has someone who is addicted to it as a family member and you don’t know how it feels to watch your family member go from an outgoing person to a totally paranoid, suicidal person. So yes, it needs to be banned. If you’re on it, be careful not because of the law but because of it’s affects. Don’t be ignorant and ignore the growing problem. It’s really bad and it is not good for anyone. What if someone in your family was on bathsalts and took a knife to your throat? It’s happened before. Worse thing’s even. Get your facts straight before you comment on something so ignorantly. Thanks.

    • A

      Dear Anonymous,
      I totally understand. I have had close family members addicted. The facts are addicts will always choose something to be addicted to ohe thing or another. It is a sad truth. Addicts need tough love in order to save them & everyone else around them. They need to get help. It is the only way. No one can do it for them. As a person who has been there believe me I know.

  • Chuck U. Farley

    Shouldn’t he be out chasing an ambulance somewhere?

  • Golan M.

    Dear Mr. Schumer,


    Citizens of NY

  • Chucky

    Now that idiots Schumer and the Media let all the other idiots now about bath salts, there will be many more idiots wacked out on it. Mabey thats Schumers way of helping the economy – let’s help the bath salts industry by letting people know that not only can you get clean but you can also get high.

    • LARZ


  • Hillary

    He’s becoming senile

  • MadasHell

    LMAO…This man is on bath salts? How about doing something about the rents in this city?

  • hotgreenwasabi

    Isn’t everything a “potential” narcotic????

  • peter

    I think Senator Schumer should be banned from going near a microphone or TV camera for 30 days. This man thinks the federal government should do everything for you except wipe your nose.

  • Joe T

    More regs, more govt lawyers, more DEA agents to save us from our lack of common sense.

    Quit trying to justify your existance and do something about the deficit or jobs.

  • brucie

    what’s wrong with taking a bath? my mommy makes me take a bath every day.



  • jerseyjoey

    This Guy is a classic Arse, just think he was voted in office, my god Americans put him there, Wow makes you think about the voters who put him there

  • nyc

    Bath salts ? What next cleanser, salt; sugar. This is right out of a Cheech and Chong movie !

  • MattituckTom

    I’d much rather he did something about the out of control spending and borrowing he started

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