TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has signed into law a ban on synthetic drugs known as “bath salts.”

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

Marketed as bath salts or incense, the powdery substances are snorted by users and mimic the effects of cocaine and methamphetamines.

The bath salts can cause health issues ranging from increased blood pressure and heart rate to hallucinations and suicidal thoughts.

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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Comments (5)
  1. Monica says:

    excuse me TJ but a girl was killed by her boyfriend who was thought to be under the influence of these bath salts. The chemicals are extremely dangerous. You’re very right that when there is a will for a high there is a way to do it but I’m positive if this was your sister, daughter, friend… whatever you would also want them banned so someone else does not abuse them and then go and do something horrific to a perfectly innocent person. I’m amazed at your ignorance and lack of sympathy.

  2. mj says:

    if we ban stipdity there will be no politicians

    1. mj says:

      stupidity lol

  3. TJ says:

    If some idiot drinks gasoline, should we ban gasoline? What if he/she decides to lick a live wire while dancing one foot into a bucket of water? ban electricity? If he/she snorts garlic powder or smokes oregano? ban pizzerias. Can we just put a ban on the stupid people? I think that will allow our governements to do more productive things like look at where all our money is going. Geez. Let the idiots thin themselves out already.

  4. TJ says:

    What next? are we going to ban anything that is abused? If I grind up a steak and mix in some sour milk and add a dash of salt and pepper to snort this concoction do we ban all of these ingredients also? Give me a break, can we can’t tackle stupidity nor substance abuse. When there’s a will for a high there will be a way to do it. Case closed.

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