Bath Salts Ban Considered in RI

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Rhode Island's Attorney General says the Ocean State should ban the sale or possession of certain types of bath salts after reports of people becoming ill while using the product as a recreational drug.
      Attorney General Peter Kilmartin says bath salts containing methamphetamine-like substances pose a “severe hazard” to those who inject, snort or smoke them. On Tuesday he called on the
state's health department to make those bath salts a controlled substance. That designation would effectively ban the sale, distribution or possession of the bath salts.
      Kilmartin says U.S. poison control centers have received more than 4,000 calls relating to bath salt abuse this year.
      Twenty-nine states have banned the products.
      The Department of Health has not yet responded to Kilmartin's request.