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NJ Assembly Panel Passes Ban On Bath Salts

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TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A ban on synthetic drugs known as “bath salts” is one step away from adoption by the New Jersey Legislature.

A bill passed a week ago by the state Senate was cleared by the Assembly Health Committee Thursday. It now needs to be approved by the full Assembly before being delivered to the governor to be signed into law.

The bill makes it a crime to possess or sell the chemicals used to make the drugs.

Marketed as bath salts or incense, they’re snorted by users and mimic the effects of cocaine and methamphetamine. They can cause health issues ranging from increased blood pressure and heart rate to hallucinations and suicidal thoughts.

In April, New Jersey’s attorney general classified the chemicals used to make the drugs as controlled dangerous substances.

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