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State lawmakers vote to make 'bath salts' illegal

The Associated Press Staff
Published:   |   Updated: March 20, 2013 at 12:50 PM

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TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Senate has unanimously voted to ban the drug known as MDPV or "bath salts."

Senators unanimously approved the bill (HB 1039) today. The House approved it last week. It now goes to Gov. Rick Scott's desk for his signature.

Law enforcement officers say the designer drug was sold at malls, head shops, convenience stores and other retail outlets, often near displays of energy drinks. It can be snorted like cocaine, smoked or injected.

The drug has been likened to LSD and can produce hallucinations, severe paranoia, seizures, aggression, increased blood pressure and kidney failure.

The new law provides for up to a five-year prison sentence for possession.

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