A South Carolina senator has filed a bill that would make it permanently against the law to sell or possess a mix of recreational drugs known as “bath salts” or MDPV, stimulants that produce effects similar to that of cocaine or amphetamines. Bath salts are a product that, until a few months ago, were sold as a legal drug alternative.
The product has already been classified as a controlled substance by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration– which prompted federal and state regulation.
State Sen. Ronnie Cromer (R-Newberry), who is a pharmacist, says local law enforcement are the ones educating him about the dangers of bath salts. He says the emergency regulations on the drugs that is currently enforced need to be changed.
“We certainly feel better about having it in permanent law rather than having it as a regulation,” Cromer told South Carolina Radio Network, “It is a growing problem and we really feel confident in the fact that if we can make this a permanent law we can stop the majority of these products being distributed into South Carolina.”
Senate Majority Leader Harvey Peeler (R-Cherokee) is also a co-sponsor on the bill, which will be taken up when the session returns on January 10th, 2012. Peeler pushed for the emergency regulations in October, saying the legal drugs presented a public health risk.
South Carolina Radio Network’s Tripp Girardeau contributed to this report