The Mississippi legislature is close to banning a chemical in some bath salts that some people have been using to get high. The Senate has already approved a bill banning the drug. MPB's Jeffrey Hess reports that the drug can cause people to hallucinate or even become violent.

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Mississippi Senate Approves Bath Salt Drug Ban

By Jeffrey Hess | Published 29 Jan 2011 03:17pm | comments
Image of bath salt from a website selling the product.

The Mississippi legislature is close to banning a chemical in some bath salts that some people have been using to get high. The Senate has already approved a bill banning the drug. MPB's Jeffrey Hess reports that the drug can cause people to hallucinate or even become violent.

The drug is called Cathinone. It and its derivatives are being included in products ranging from bath salts to plant food.

However, people are ingesting these products to get high.

The director of the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics Marshall Fisher says the drug first caught their attention several months ago.

"That officers were encountering this on the streets. That officers were responding to calls where it was reported to them that an individual had been taking the substance," Fisher said.

Fisher says What they would find on these calls is people who were hallucinating, paranoid, acting irrationally and sometimes even violently.

"We had a report on December third. It was a deputy sheriff named DeWyne Crenshaw in Tippah County. He and another deputy were responding to a disturbance. And Deputy Crenshaw actually was killed by this subject who was apprently high on some of the bath salts," Fisher said.

The chemical best known for being in certain bath salts sold under a variety of names. It is labeled with not for human consumption to get around FDA regulations, but the web site of one of the most well known brands calls itself 'legal high wholesalers'.

The bill's author Senator Sidney Albrittion of Picayune says outlawing this chemical is an easy decision because it has no legitimate purpose in these products.

"These chemicals are not in legitimate products like that. Insect repellant, bath salts, legitimate ones don't have these chemicals in them. It is kind of the 21st century way of dealing drugs," Albritton said.

Albritton says the drugs are largely being produced outside the US and shipped here for sale.

A similar bill banning Cathinone is awaiting action in the house.

Louisiana recently enacted emergency laws banning the chemical and it is also being blamed for suicides in Florida.

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