October 3, 2011 in City

Washington permanently bans ‘bath salts’

A 31-year-old man found dead in the Spokane River last month had psychological problems that were aggravated by his addiction to “bath salts,” his family says. Read Meghann Cuniff’s story here.

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The state Pharmacy Board has filed a rule permanently banning so-called “bath salts” that are used as drugs to mimic the effects of cocaine, LSD, ecstasy, or methamphetamine.

The synthetic marijuana and synthetic stimulants have been temporarily banned since April.

The rule going into effect by Nov. 3 gives law enforcement clear authority to prosecute the manufacture, sale and possession of these chemicals.

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