Corman Supports Legislation to Ban “Bath Salts”

(HARRISBURG) Senator Jake Corman (R-Centre) voted this week for legislation that would ban the sale of “bath salts” and other dangerous synthetic drugs in Pennsylvania.  The measure, which received unanimous support, now goes to the House of Representatives for approval.

Corman said the Legislature is fast-tracking the bill because of the growing incidents involving the drugs, which mimic the effects of cocaine and methamphetamines. They can cause extreme paranoia, hallucinations and erratic behavior.

“These drugs are extremely dangerous and, because they are readily available, are being used more and more in recent months,” Corman said.  “We need to stop the sale of them immediately to save lives.”

Senate Bill 1006 would add Salvia Divinorum, Salvinorin A, Divinorin A, synthetic marijuana, and synthetic cocaine/heroin, more commonly referred to as concentrated bath salts, to the list of Schedule I controlled substances.

“Our goal is to get this bill to the governor’s desk quickly so that we can stop the spread of these drugs,” Corman said.

Senator Corman has heard from constituents and local officials about the growing problem in our communities.   “I applaud Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller for her efforts to confront the spread of this drug in our area.” Corman added.

Mark Meyer