Senate panel approves ban of new synthetic drugs

LANSING — New and dangerous synthetic drugs nicknamed “bath salts” would be banned under a measure unanimously approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday, said sponsor Sen. Rick Jones.

“We need to stop the sales of these dangerous drugs,” said Jones, R-Grand Ledge. “Greedy people are selling these synthetic drugs mostly to college students to make a quick buck. These so-called bath salts are extremely dangerous and need to be banned.”

The drugs produce a meth-like high and sometimes violent behavior in users. The packets of white powder come with names like “vanilla sky,” “ivory wave,” and “white rush.”

According to Jones, chair of Senate Judiciary Committee, the dangerous synthetic drug has caused suicides and even homicides in other states, as it fills people with paranoia and hallucinations.

Jones has been working with Sens. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Antwerp Township, and Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba, to stop this new threat. The Michigan Department of Public Health is reporting that hospitals across the state are experiencing serious problems and have asked for a quick ban.

SB 259 will now go before the full Senate for further consideration.