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Banning Bath Salts, Harshing Your High

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Put down those bath salts, step away from the tub - we know what you're up to! LA City Councilmember Paul Koretz is calling for a citywide ban on the sale and use of "bath salts" and has deemed them a designer drug, according to KTLA.

How have seemingly innocuous bath salts become a dangerous substance? When Koretz put forth the motion at a meeting last night, he referenced an "influx of reports of dangerous and sometimes deadly incidents stemming from the consumption and abuse of the powdery substance, either through smoking, injection or snorting."

Health experts have noted that bath salts in question contain synthetic stimulants that are comparable to cocaine or meth and that they pose similar risks including "rapid heart beat, an intense high, euphoria, extreme energy, hallucinations, delirium, insomnia, psychosis, paranoia, suicidal thoughts, chest pain, heart attack and stroke."