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Rep. Wants to Ban Production, Sales of Ingredients to Make ‘Bath Salt’ Drug

Press Release from Rep. Ryan Williams, R-Cookeville; Feb. 9, 2011:

(NASHVILLE, February 8, 2010) – An increasing number of emergency room visits and deaths have been linked to the use of a drug that is a derivative of methamphetamine. Known as “bath salts,” the drug affects the central nervous system and can cause chest pain, heart attack, and stroke, as well as delusions and psychosis. It has been named a “drug of concern” by the federal Drug Enforcement Agency.

With 15 individuals sent to the hospital because of this drug, Representative Ryan Williams (R-Cookeville) introduced legislation today that would make the use of six compounds tied to bath salts illegal and impose a hefty fine.

“This drug poses a growing and grave threat to our children and families. The more I have learned about it, the more I’m convinced we must ensure those who would market and sell this drug are punished. Time is of the essence with this drug and our children are on the front lines,” remarked Rep. Williams. “I will do all I can to ensure this drug is stopped before we hear about a teenager dying from it on the local news.”

Majority Caucus Chairman Representative Debra Maggart (R-Hendersonville) signed on as an original co-sponsor of Rep. Williams’ bill today and added, “This is another step in our State’s battle against the destructive effects of meth. I’m proud to add my name to Mr. Williams’ legislation and urge my colleagues in the General Assembly to do everything they can to get this to the Governor’s desk.”

Representative Williams’ bill (HB 457) will make it an offense to produce and distribute any of the six main compounds related to the bath salt drug. These include:

–          3,4-Methylenedioxymethcathinore (Methylone);

–          3,4-Methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV);

–          4-Methylmethcathinone (Mephedrone)

–          4-Methoxymethcathinone (Methedrone)

–          4-Fluoromethcathinone (Flephedrone); or

–          3-Fluoromethcathinone (3-FMC)

Any violations of the proposed changes to the law would carry a $1,500 fine.

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