State officials are hoping to cleanse New York City nightclubs of a deadly form of the “bath salts” drug.
It’s now illegal to possess or sell the drugs, punishable by fines of up $500 and potentially as much as 15 days in jail.
The regulations expand the state list of prohibited drugs and chemicals and expose store owners or employees to criminal fines up to $500 and up to 15 days in jail, health officials said Tuesday.
Marketed as bath salts or incense, the powdery substances are snorted by users and mimic the effects of cocaine and methamphetamines.
The bill would add MDPV and Mephedrone to the list of controlled substances. Thirty-four states including New York have banned bath salts already.
A bill passed a week ago by the state Senate was cleared by the Assembly Health Committee. It now needs to be approved by the full Assembly before being delivered to the governor to be signed into law.
An amendment was offered Friday requiring the state’s consumer protection commissioner to designate two chemicals used in the fake bath salts as Schedule 1 Controlled Substances.
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.
Calling them an imminent threat to public safety, Dow has filed emergency rules designed to immediately ban the sale and manufacture of the synthetic drugs.
Investigators are awaiting toxicology results on William Parisio to determine whether he had been under the influence of bath salts when he allegedly beat his long-time girlfriend to death.
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.