New York State Health Commissioner Bans Sales Of Bath Salts

ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — New York State Health Commissioner Nirav Sha is issuing an order to ban the sale of a substance sold as bath salts that packs as much punch as cocaine or methamphetamines when abused.

The amphetamine-type substance is resulting in hundreds of hospitalizations nationwide.

The substance is most often sold in small convenience stores. It causes hallucinations, paranoia, delusions, suicidal behavior and violence as well as chest pains and increased blood pressure.

Sen. Charles of Schumer was seeking a nationwide ban.

The state health commissioner’s order issued Monday takes effect immediately. The commissioner can order a ban in the interest of public safety.

Suffolk County lawmakers banned the sale back on April 26.

Should these bath salts be banned? Sound off in our comments section below…

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  1. Notfrombath&bodyworks says:

    The drug is not bath salts that you buy to make your bath water smell nice. The name is a street name for a substance made of something called mephadrone which does cause hallucinations, severe depression, paranoia, etc The drug is a designer drug that is extremely dangerous and yes it should be banned.

  2. bathsaltsnotfrombath&body says:

    The drug is not bath salts that you buy to make your bath water smell nice. The name is a street name for a substance made of something called mephadrone which does cause hallucinations, severe depression, paranoia, etc The drug is a designer drug that is extremely dangerous and yes it should be banned.

  3. LastoftheZucchiniFlowers says:

    Please, someone help me out here? Is this article saying that people (is it kids?) are EATING the bath salts, smoking the bath salts, snorting the bath salts and/or injecting the bath salts? I suppose that prior to dying, the ingestion of almost anything causing pulmonary edema would feel like ‘high”, as you take your final sleighride to the other side? Pathetic, any hopefully a lunatic fringe problem? While I’m from the Northeast, I’ve not heard of this in the 23417 area code (but we’re a bit behind the curve down here).

  4. MIND CONTROL says:

    Next they will have a machine that translates brain wave thoughts into English and they can ban certain ways of thinking as being hazardous

  5. Gregory says:

    The ban is a good idea but it doesn’t go far enough. NYC people voted for such liberal, “I’ll run your life” government, but neglected to make people responsible for their own actions; NYC got / gets what it deserves; ineffective measures. Just look at the other side, let the jerks, fools and nitwits abuse the various substances; they will anyway / anyhow. If they do so; don’t provide free medical care and let them suffer the consequences inclucing jail and dying.

  6. A says:

    This is idiotic. Anythiing and everything can be abused. The sky is the limit. What ever happened to common sense and facing consequences for our actions.

  7. Rick says:

    You can abuse anything ie to much McDonald’s etc. Are we going to ban everything anyone can potentially abuse? Stop already! The list is endless.

  8. Philip B Kirschner says:

    Its enough. The government has no business regulating this. If people are stupid enough.

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