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Lawmaker introduces bath salts enforcement legislation

WASHINGTON (KFVS) -

Legislation has been introduced by U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (MO-08) to add 15 cathinone stimulant bath salt drugs to the list of schedule I substances subject to seizure and prosecution by law enforcement.

Emerson says the legislation states the bath salt drugs are made of dangerous chemicals which can easily be changed slightly to evade authorities. 

"We have to keep up with drug dealers and manufacturers who are trying to stay one step ahead of law enforcement, and that means being aggressive about stopping the drug trade that targets our children," said Emerson. "Who knows what chemical is going into their bodies when they get their hands on these drugs, it's not the person using it or the person selling it, which makes this a very dangerous situation." 

Emerson says she has repeatedly met with local and state authorities to discuss the problem. 

"Cathinone stimulants are sold in little brightly-colored plastic boxes or packets that honestly look like they are being marketed as candy," said Emerson. "Every tool in the toolbox must be available to parents and to law enforcement to get between our children and these bath salt drugs which are being marketed to them by dealers and pushers. It starts by knowing what's in the substances and what the packaging looks like. I hope this legislation gets the attention of concerned legislators who want to do something to help the situation."

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