Wednesday, October 19, 2011

U.S. Senate plans to vote on bath salts amendments

U.S. Senate plans to vote on bath salts amendments - Milford, DE - Milford Beacon

Washington D.C. —

The United States Senate is expected to vote tomorrow on an amendment to their minibus appropriations spending bill that would help fight the bath salts epidemic on a federal level.

Senator Chris Coons (D-Del) and co-sponsors Olympia Snow (R- Maine) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn) introduced the bipartisan legislation today that would require stronger coordination of federal law enforcement with state and local agencies to respond to the growth of synthetic drug use.

“The increased use of bath salts has ruined many lives and is growing as a destructive cancer in some of Delaware’s close-knit communities,” Coons said.

The minibus, formally known as House Resolution 2112, includes legislation for federal Department of Justice spending, said Ian Koski a spokesman for Sen. Coons’ office.

The amendment introduced today is only one of many that is preparing to make its way to the Senate floor to be voted on.

If the amendment is not considered or does not pass, there are other efforts being made by the federal government to fight bath salts.

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) introduced the Combating Dangerous Synthetic Stimulants Act of 2011, that Coons is co-sponsoring, which would make possession and sale of MPDV and mephedrone, two of the ingredients in bath salts, illegal.

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