Schuitmaker resolution urges ban of dangerous bath salts

LANSING―A resolution introduced in the Michigan Senate on Tuesday urges the U.S. Congress and the federal Drug Enforcement Agency to make it illegal to possess, use, or sell the drugs commonly contained in so-called bath salts.

Senate Resolution 24, sponsored by Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, calls for the ban to rid Michigan communities of the dangerous chemicals MDVP (methylenedioxypyrovalerone) and mephedrone, which are primary components of the currently over-the-counter “designer drugs” referred to as tranquility, zoom, ivory wave, red dove, and vanilla sky.

“These bath salts and similar products are very dangerous substances that are too easily coming into the hands of our youth and have the potential to disrupt our communities,” said Schuitmaker, R-Lawton. “For the health and well-being of our children, I strongly urge our leaders in Washington to take action against these dangerous chemicals.”

The bath salts, also sometimes referred to as plant food, cause effects in the body similar to those caused by cocaine and methamphetamines, including hallucinations, paranoia, and suicidal tendencies. Reports indicate hospital emergency departments in Michigan have seen an increase of cases related to the use of bath salts in recent months. Reports indicate that many people treated in emergency departments have been young adults in their 20s and 30s.  The Michigan Department of Community Health has already made steps to get the drugs off store shelves.

SR 24 was referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee for consideration.

To read the resolution in its entirety, please visit the lawmaker's website.