New Jersey ban on 'bath salts' drug gets final approval

TRENTON - A ban on synthetic drugs known as "bath salts" has received final approval from the New Jersey Legislature.

The bill makes it a crime to possess or sell the chemicals used to make the drugs. The state Assembly approved the ban 74-2 Wednesday. The state Senate has already endorsed it.

Marketed as bath salts or incense, the powdery substances are snorted by users and mimic the effects of cocaine and methamphetamines. They can reportedly cause health issues ranging from increased blood pressure and heart rate to hallucinations and suicidal thoughts.

The bill now goes to Gov. Chris Christie, who has not said whether he will sign it.

'Bath Salts' outlawed in New Jersey NJ legislator wants bath salts banned after murderAP wire services contributed to this report.

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