New Legislation Cracks Down on Bath Salts

By WEEK Reporter

New Legislation Cracks Down on Bath Salts

July 22, 2011 Updated Jul 22, 2011 at 12:03 PM CDT

The issue of "Bath Salts" has found its way into Illinois legislature.

Friday, Governor Quinn announced several new measures that aim to crack down on drug abuse and strengthen policies regarding drug control.

Bath salts, a drug that causes severe hallucinations, paranoia, and psychotic episodes, was previously considered legal.

Now, House Bills 3042 and 2089 now classify bath salt's chemical compounds as "Schedule 1 controlled substances".

"We want to make sure our drug policies are aggressive, current, and responsive," said Governor Quinn. "These new laws bring Illinois to the cutting-edge of enforcement policies and advance our efforts to make Illinois a safe, productive and drug-free state."

Additionally, House Bill 21 defines drug-induced homicide to include "absorption" of a controlled substance. Specifically, it identifies the use of prescription fentanyl patches and issues a law to prevent abuse of the patch.

Finally, House Bill 2595 adds synthetic equivalents of cannabis--such as "Spice" and "K2"-- to the Illinois Controlled Substances Act as Schedule 1 controlled substances.

Besides House Bill 2595 that will take effect starting January 1, the other bills will be enacted immediately.

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