The federal government took another step towards eliminating synthetic drugs as President Obama signed a federal law Monday banning the sale of bath salts, synthetic marijuana and other synthetic drugs across the nation.

The new drug legislation aims at finally halting the sales of the deadly chemical compounds marketed and sold as bath salts and incense.

Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) hopes the move results in the complete elimination of the products.

“President Obama’s swift approval of this federal ban is the final nail in the coffin for the legal sale of bath salts in smoke shops and convenient stores in New York State and throughout the rest of the country,” Schumer said. “This law will close loopholes that have allowed manufacturers to circumvent local and state bans and ensure that you cannot simply cross state lines to find these deadly bath salts, and I’m pleased that after a great deal of effort, it has become law.”

But will the new man deter chemists from attempting to find alternate combinations?

Schumer’s legislation will specifically ban MDPV (methylenedioxypyrovalerone) and mephedrone.

The chemical mimic the effects caused by cocaine and methamphetamine, including hallucinations, paranoia, and suicidal thoughts.

The law will make bath salts illegal in the U.S. by adding the active ingredients, MDPV and mephedrone, to Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act, which classifies drugs that are illegal and cannot be prescribed under any circumstances.

Along with MDPV and mephedrone, there are 29 other substances that Schumer’s bill bans, including 20 substances in synthetic marijuana and 9 synthetic hallucinogens.

Teensavers applauds Senator Schumer for pushing this bill to the President’s desk.

Only time will tell to see if the law is effective in ridding stores of these harmful products.

 

 

 

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