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.READ MORE: NYC Parks Department Asks New Yorkers To Suggest Black Leaders For Park Renaming Project
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.READ MORE: Wife Of Top Cuomo Aide Shows Support On Social Media For Governor's Latest Sexual Harassment Accuser
In April, New Jersey’s attorney general classified the chemicals used to make the drugs as controlled dangerous substances.
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