Del. officials move to ban bath salts

These are examples of fake "bath salts," displayed by Senate Drug Policy Committee chairman Sid Albritton, R-Picayune, at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss., Friday, Jan. 28, 2011. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

September 30, 2011 6:03:59 AM PDT
Authorities in Delaware are moving quickly to outlaw products that are being marketed as "bath salts" but being used by some people to get high.

The state's Controlled Substances Advisory Committee has scheduled an emergency meeting for Friday at the request of Secretary of State Jeffrey Bullock.

Bullock wants to use the authority granted to him under state law to ban bath salts as presenting a clear danger to the public.

Officials say the bath salts, marketed under names such as "Ivory Wave," "Purple Wave," "Vanilla Sky" and "Bliss," contain chemicals that can mimic the effects of cocaine, LSD, and methamphetamine.

Authorities say the bath salts are often smoked, snorted or injected and can cause impaired perception, hallucinations, reduced motor control, chest pains, disorientation, extreme paranoia, agitation, and violent episodes.