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Klobuchar and nine senators introduce legislation to ban sale of drugs sold as 'bath salts'

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar and nine other senators - including Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) - introduced bipartisan legislation that would ban the sale of harmful synthetic drugs that are being sold and marketed as "bath salts." The bill would add two chemical substances, methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) and mephedrone, to Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act and prevent them from being sold to consumers. The chemicals can have a similar effect on the body as cocaine and methamphetamines and have been used as ingredients in certain bath salts that have been sold online and in convenience stores.

"The synthetic drugs in these bath salts pose a serious risk, especially since they can be easily purchased online and at stores around the country," Klobuchar said. "When misused, these chemicals can have dangerous effects and it's important we take action to remove these substances from products that are accessible to consumers."

The dangerous ingredients in the salts, MDPV and mephedrone, can be snorted, smoked, and injected to receive a dangerous high. According to reports, calls to poison centers across the nation have skyrocketed in recent weeks as the drug has grown in popularity. Many of the products, sold under names such as Cloud Nine, Ivory Wave and Blue Silk, contain MDPV, which is not approved for medical use in the United States.

Klobuchar is a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism, which has jurisdiction over issues relating to drug control policy, and she has been a leader in strengthening drug safety standards to protect consumers. Last year, Klobuchar introduced the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010 with Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) to provide patients with safe and responsible ways to dispose of unused controlled substances. The legislation, which was signed into law in October 2010, helps reduce the risk that teenagers will gain access to expired or unwanted prescription drugs in homes by permitting individuals and long-term care facilities to deliver unused drugs for safe disposal.