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DEA bans 'bath salts', Wis. to follow


MADISON (WKOW) - It looks just like what its called: bath salts. But officials say addicts aren't bathing with it, they're snorting, smoking and injecting the stuff.

You can buy it easily online, and even at the store.

"I've been asked for it more than once," said Jason Clark, owner of Smokes on State.

Clark says he doesn't sell bath salts because he believes the drug is dangerous. The Drug Enforcement Administration agrees. The DEA decided to ban the synthetic drugs that make up bath salts - mephedrone, MDPV and methylone. 

Doctors say the substances are unusually dangerous with a high potential for abuse.

"The gentleman that I did have come in and asked me for them didn't seem very coherent," said Clark.

Some say the drugs mimic the effects of cocaine, LSD and methamphetamine, and can cause extended paranoia and even violence.

"They look like meth addicts to me," said Clark.

The state of Wisconsin decided to outlaw bath salts this year, listing them under hallucinogenic drugs. The law goes into effect on November 1. 

Those caught with it once will be charged with a misdemeanor. Twice? A felony.

The DEA's ban will remain in effect for a year, until officials study bath salts closer to see if it should be banned for good.

The Wisconsin Poison Center reports that 46 bath salt exposure cases have been reported in the state so far this year.

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