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COLLINSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — The southern Illinois city of Collinsville has banned selling or possessing drugs made from bath salts.

The Belleville News-Democrats reports that the Collinsville City Council voted unanimously to ban sales of the salts. They can be used to make hallucinogenic drugs. The vote came after two recent deaths in Madison County connected with bath salt drugs.

City manager Bob Knabel says Collinsville wanted to stop the drug before it “really begins to take off in our community.” Abusers snort or ingest the salts.

Other Illinois municipalities, like Alton, Fairview Heights and Granite City, have banned the sale of bath salts that contain the chemicals mephedrone or methylone.

Collinsville police have given businesses notice the ordinance was coming.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press

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