Senate hearing to consider new synthetic drug ban

LANSING — State Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, reports that a measure to stop the sales of a new, dangerous drug has been drafted.

Nicknamed “bath salts,” the drug produces 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, the dangerous synthetic drug has caused suicides and even homicides in other states, as it fills people with paranoia and hallucinations.

“We must ban this new and dangerous chemical that greedy people are selling mainly to college students,” said Jones, chair of Senate Judiciary Committee.

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.

The Senate panel has scheduled a hearing on Senate Bill 259 for Tuesday, March 15 at 2:30 p.m. in room 110 of the Farnum Building, located at 125 W. Allegan St., Lansing.