TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has signed into law a ban on synthetic drugs known as “bath salts.”
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Marketed as bath salts or incense, the powdery substances are snorted by users and mimic the effects of cocaine and methamphetamines.
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The law is named “Pamela’s Law” after Pamela Schmidt, a Rutgers student believed to have been killed by someone using the drug.
Christie gave his final approval to the law on Monday. It passed through the Legislature with overwhelming support.
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