Miss. Senate votes to ban toxic fake bath salts

By The Associated Press

JACKSON — Mississippi is moving closer to outlawing fake bath salts and other products containing toxic chemicals that some people are using to get high.

A ban passed the Senate on Friday and moves to the House for more work.

The bill would ban mephedrone (MEF-uh-drone) and MDPV — short for methylenedioxypyrovalerone (METH-uh-leen-dy-OX-y-PY-ro-VAL-uh-rone).

Officials say the chemicals are sold under such names as Ivory Wave, Bliss, White Lightning, Hurricane Charlie. Authorities say the chemicals can cause hallucinations, paranoia and suicidal thoughts.

Republican Sen. Sid Albritton of Picayune, chairman of the Drug Policy Committee, says the chemicals are sold in convenience stores.

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The bill is Senate Bill 2226.