May 25th, 2012
I thought you might be interested to know that yesterday the Senate passed the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (S.3187), which included an amendment (#2146) placing several synthetic drugs known as ‘bath salts’ onto Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). The abuse of bath salts has taken a heavy toll on communities in Michigan, and I am pleased the Senate has taken this important step to protect families.
I have heard from local law enforcement and health agencies in Michigan about the danger that “bath salts” pose to public health and public safety. These substances, which include synthetic stimulants such as mephedrone, synthetic cannaboids, and synthetic hallucinogens, can cause effects ranging from nausea and vomiting to extreme paranoia and violent behavior in previously healthy individuals. With these substances classified under Schedule I of the CSA, which is reserved for only the most dangerous drugs with no medicinal use, law enforcement agencies will finally be able to pursue and impose criminal penalties on those who manufacture and distribute these poisons to our families, friends, and children.
I will continue to support efforts to address the plague of drug abuse, and I will closely monitor this legislation as it moves through Congress.
Have a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day.