Georgia House Criminalizes Bath Salts

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia House has voted to criminalize synthetic chemicals sold as bath salts.

House lawmakers voted 150-9 on Tuesday to make the substance illegal.

It's currently sold legally and can be snorted, injected or mixed with drinks or food.

Officials warn the powdery substance mimics the effects of cocaine, ecstasy and LSD.

The chemicals can cause hallucinations, paranoia, rapid heart rates, violent behavior and suicidal thoughts.

The stimulants aren't regulated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, but are facing federal scrutiny.

The bill now heads to the state Senate. Similar bills have passed in Kentucky and Mississippi.

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