With the growing outbreak of bath salts abuse, Indiana has followed suit from states like Florida and has banned the distribution of MDPV, Mephedrone and Methylone. Here is the bill that was passed recently
Mark: There are dangerous substances that can cause hallucinations or even violence, and surprisingly, you can still buy them in tobacco stores. But not for much longer. News Channel 15’s Adam Widener talked with officials in Huntington today about bath salts. Adam, they told you they can’t come off the shelves fast enough.
Adem Widener: Yeah, Mark. We first told you about the bath salts back in March. They’re similar to a cocaine or a meth. Today, we discovered that legislators made it illegal to sell the substance, by lumping it in together with the synthetic marijuana band.
Jaime Groves: People who are selling it in their stores right now are going to have to get rid of it. It’s got to go.
Adam Widener Voice Over: They’re dangerous drugs being used across the state—addictive, deadly, and legal. Jaime Groves: It’s something that’s come in wave, and everybody all of a sudden is trying to react to it.
Adam Widener Voice Over: Bath salts are substances similar to cocaine or meth. They can cause hallucinations, increased heart rate, and have exploded in popularity in Huntington County. Authorities there are full of stories about bath salt users.
Terry Stoffel: That was his fourth day there with no sleep, and he had been constantly using bath salts to stay up. It’s that much of a stimulant.
Jaime Groves: So the concern is when you’ve got someone who’s obviously not in their right mind also caring for their child, and I’m talking like a baby, you’re worried a little bit about that.
Adam Widener Voice Over: They’re sold in tobacco stores across the state. A secretary for the sheriff’s department showed us how easy they are to get in Huntington. She wasn’t even carded when she bought them. We saw how easy it was to buy bath salts right there in Huntington County, so we thought we’d go inside and check it out for ourselves.
Female Store Clerk: I have no idea. I don’t do them. Don’t know anything about them.
Adam Widener Voice Over: Authorities are upset stores continue to sell the dangerous drugs, hoping they would dump them now and not wait for the deadline.
Jaime Groves: I don’t think they recognize how badly it’s going to affect their lives and how quickly addictive it can become.
Adam Widener: Now, police in Saline, Ohio say that bath salt hallucinations were the cause of a shooting there. The ban should go into effect in Indiana July 1st. Live in news control, Adam Widener, News Channel 15.
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