Texas to ban legal stimulant ‘bath salts’

By Stephen C. Webster
Monday, May 23, 2011 8:38 EDT
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A new type of synthetic stimulant drug masquerading as “bath salts” is on the verge of getting banned in the state of Texas after a number of highly publicized suicides caught the attention of a state lawmaker.

The substance, taken as a legal stand-in for cocaine or methamphetamine, is usually sold in convenience stores or smoke shops and labeled “not for human consumption.” It is known to cause high blood pressure, paranoia, hallucinations, chest pain and suicidal thoughts, according to a medical analysis.

A bill to make possession of the drug a felony is now on the governor’s desk. Once signed, it will take effect in Sept.

This video is from Houston news station KHOU, broadcast Sunday, May 22, 2011.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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