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Illinois Pulls the Plug on 'Bath Salts'
Posted on: 8/16/2016


Lawmakers enacted a new law to help crack down on the sale of “bath salts.”

So-called "bath salts" are in fact dangerous chemicals that produce highs similar to cocaine and other powerful drugs. But unlike most other street drugs, bath salts are most often sold in retail stores as a consumer product — sometimes under the guise of plant food or jewelry cleaner.

The new legislation, which will take effect Jan. 1, 2017, will allow prosecutors to charge convenience stores, gas stations or any other retail shops that sell bath salts in Illinois with a Class 3 felony, punishable by a fine of up to $150,000.

Some of the chemicals used for bath salts are most likely illegal. But the exact chemicals used to create this drug “cocktail” are tricky to nail down because the chemical combinations are continuously being re-invented by “street chemists.”

However, it is widely believed that most bath salts are made with methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV).

In 2011, the ISMS House of Delegates adopted policy to ban MDPV because it was being sold as bath salts. Shortly after, ISMS-supported legislation was signed into law adding MDPV to the list of Schedule I Controlled Substances, making it illegal to possess MDPV nationwide.

This new law puts even more teeth into this public health issue. Starting in 2017, in addition to MDPV being illegal to possess, any retail store that sells bath salts can be charged with a felony and slapped with a hefty fine.

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