'Bath Salts' outlawed in New Jersey

TRENTON - Dangerous chemicals that more and more New Jerseyans have been using to get high have been outlawed.

The so-called "bath salts" or "plant food" were sold legally at head shops and gas station convenience stores. The "bath salts" are sold under names such as "Energizing Aromatherapy Powder" and "Ivory Wave Ultra," with packaging that resembles a relaxing bath salt.

Poison control officials received 23 calls this year reporting use of "bath salts," but the actual abuse of the stimulants is believed to be far higher. Attorney General Paula Dow announced a 10-day penalty-free surrender for any individuals or stores that have "bath salts" or "plant food."

The state is also planning education programs on "bath salts" at high schools, colleges and for local law enforcement.

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