Healthcare

Bath Salt Drugs Officially Banned in New York

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Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law today that bans the sale of synthetic chemicals marketed as “bath salts,” but that people just use to get high, not clean. “Deceptively labeled as ‘bath salts’ these dangerous products have become an alternative to methamphetamine use with disastrous results,” said Cuomo. “They are a growing danger to public health and today’s signing to ban these products is a critical step towards ridding New York of these harmful drugs.” We warned about the approaching illegality of the substances — made of the chemicals methylenedioxypyrovalerone, a.k.a. MDPV, and Methoxymethcathinone, a.k.a. Medphedrone — back in March after increasingly violent episodes, including the beating death of a New Jersey woman by her “blank, scary” and “paranoid” boyfriend. Salvia is next to go. [WBNG]