“Bath Salt” Drug Gaining Dirty Name in Pennsylvania

“Bath Salt” Drug Gaining Dirty Name in Pennsylvania

No, your Calgon is not about to be taken away, but, a Luzerne County judge recently issued a temporary injunction against eight merchants known to sell the highly hallucinogenic legal substance dubbed “bath salts.” Luzerne County District Attorney Jacqueline Musto Carroll filed the injunction request, calling the sale of bath salts a public health risk. She noted that over 100 people had been treated for being under the influence of bath salts recently at the emergency room at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Hospital in Plains Township.

Judge David W. Lupas’s ruling isn’t the only movement against bath salts in Pennsylvania. The state’s Senate is currently debating a bill that would add bath salts chemicals to the state’s controlled substance act. A hearing to make the Lupas’s ban permanent is slated for Monday, April 25 before President Judge Thomas F. Burke Jr.

When bath salts are smoked, snorted, injected or ingested, a person’s perception and behavior are altered, and that’s banned under Pennsylvania drug laws. Pennsylvania law states that substances, other than food, intended to affect the function or structure of the body may be classified as a drug under Pennsylvania drug laws.

In just one example of how bath salts can impact a person’s judgment, in March, a Lackawanna County woman was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of drugs when police discovered she was driving after using bath salts as drugs. However, it is not clear whether the DUI charge is warranted because Pennsylvania state law does not currently label bath salts a controlled substance.

If you have been charged with driving under the influence of bath salts in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, contact The Law Office of John E. Kusturiss, Jr. for a free consultation.

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