Senator Joe Robach Announces Senate Legislation Targeting Dangerous ‘Bath Salt’ Drugs is Signed Into Law

Senator Joe Robach announced today that Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation (S.3469A/Chapter 341) to stop the sale and use of deadly bath salt-type drugs that have been connected to recent deaths of young party-goers in New York City.

The new law, sponsored by Senator Griffo, would further curb the use of bath salts by adding new compounds used to make these types of drugs to the state’s banned substances list. It classifies these compounds as Schedule I stimulant controlled substances and imposes criminal penalties on those who sell, use and/or possess these drugs. The law makes it a felony to sell the substances to a minor or on school grounds.

According to Senator Joe Robach, the Senate passed the bill unanimously at the conclusion of the legislative session in June. It is common practice for the Governor to determine when a bill is sent to him and request that it be delivered for his consideration.
Bath salts are a commonly-used term for man-made stimulant drugs that are similar to methamphetamines. These drugs can stimulate both the nervous system and the cardiac system and can cause heart attacks, seizures, permanent brain damage and severe hallucinations. Reports have shown that an individual’s behavior on bath salts can sometimes lead to suicide or the harm of others.

In 2011, the state enacted a law that banned the sale or distribution of any product containing Mephedrone and MDPV, which were being marketed at the time for recreational use as bath salts, and classified these stimulants as controlled substances.

For more information on this or any other Senate initiative, please contact the office of Joe Robach.