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Vermont bans 'bath salts'

Burlington, Vermont - December 16, 2011

Vermont has added a new drug to its list of outlawed substances. As of Dec. 16, it is illegal to buy, sell or make a dangerous hallucinogenic called bath salts.

The state amended its regulated drug rule to include bath salts and five other synthetic designer drugs.

The Northern New England Poison Center has dealt with nearly 200 cases of bath salt abuse. Of those, 147 were in Maine, 35 in New Hampshire and 11 in Vermont.

Public Safety Commissioner Keith Flynn says Vermont does not have a serious problem with bath salts, but the best strategy is to ban the substance before it gets a foothold in the state.

The drugs can cause complications including intense paranoia, high fever, seizures, muscle breakdown, kidney failure, heart rhythm disturbances and death.

Gov. Peter Shumlin issued an emergency ban on bath salts earlier this year after WCAX News first reported their presence in Vermont.

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