New York Senator Calls For Ban On Chemically Altered Bath Salts

Many children have been finding new ways to get high through the substances found in bath salts, a common item found in households across the country. When broken down, the chemicals can provide a high similar to the one that occurs after using hard drugs, such as cocaine. As it becomes a growing problem across the country, lawmakers are attempting to ban the salts to contain the issue, according to Reuters.

Recently, U.S. senator Charles Schumer of New York proposed a bill that would ban two substances found in some bath salts that produce dangerous highs. The senator told the news source that the drugs are no different than any other harmful narcotics, but can be found at cheaper prices in neighborhoods across the country.

The two synthetic drugs, mephedrone and methylenedioxypyrovalerone, come in powder and tablet form. They can be snorted, injected or smoked to get high. The Drug Enforcement Administration, which is currently conducting more research on the bath salts, says that the substances can cause everything from hallucinations to insomnia.

Approximately than 29 percent of public high school students say they can easily obtain illicit substances, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Drug rehab centers can help addicts, but preventative measures may save the country additional funding that would otherwise be used for detoxification.