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St. Louis May Ban Deadly Bath Salts

Kevin Killeen
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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce is lobbying the Board of Aldermen to make it illegal to sell the kind of bath salts some are using to get high with deadly results.

“These are manufactured in Germany and deliberately sold and marketed to young people because of the high they can get by inhaling them,” Joyce said, “They contain a substance called MDPV, which is highly addictive and can cause brain damage and is often fatal.”

Alderman Greg Carter is introducing the legislation with hearings planned in a matter of weeks.  He says he doesn’t know of any overdose deaths in the city from the substance, but he wants to move fast to prevent one.

“We can’t wait for the state to implement this,” Carter said, “It would take too long.   It’s just a lure, a carrot, to get our children into trying something else, and before you know it, you’re dead.”

 Already St. Charles and Alton have passed similar bans with bath salt overdose deaths confirmed or suspected in their areas.  

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