HARTFORD – Chemical substances tied to numerous over doses and deaths when ingested or injected as a drug, will be banned in Connecticut under a bill pushed through the House of Representatives by Republican Leader Lawrence F. Cafero Jr., of Norwalk today. Cafero said increasingly, chemical substances found in various products are being used as abusive drugs. The bill drew broad bipartisan support when it was approved in the House early in the afternoon. “One of the news fads, if you will, is something called ‘Bath Salts,’’’ Cafero said. During a brief floor debate he noted that the substance salts are sold under various brand names and can be snorted, injected and smoked. The side effects include high blood pressure, rapid heart rate heart attack, psychosis and paranoia.
Other terms for Bath Salts are Ivory Snow, Vanilla Sky, Hurricane Charlie and Snow White.
Other states including Alabama, Florida, New Jersey and North Dakota have already banned Bath Salts. Hawaii, Kentucky, Mississippi and West Virginia have pending legislation.
Cafero said the legislation would require the Commissioner of Consumer Protection to designate the chemicals as controlled substances and therefore illegal to buy, possess, distribute or manufacture.