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Jacqueline Y. Collins

Illinois lawmakers target bath salts used as a drug

Illinois lawmakers target bath salts used as a drug

Following bans on salvia and synthetic marijuana, Illinois lawmakers are now trying to curb the latest store-bought choice of people looking to get high: bath salts.

These are not the Epsom salts that Aunt Ethel used to sprinkle in a warm tub, nor are they the soothing, fragrant bottles you pick up at the aromatherapy store.

Carrying comforting names like "Blue Silk" and "Ivory Wave" — and labeled "not for human consumption" — these small packets sell for $40 to $60 a gram. They're marketed as bath salts but contain the synthetic drug methylenedioxypyrovalerone, or MDPV.

Users usually smoke or snort the substance, and the high...

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