Politics & Government

House panel OKs ban on dangerous 'bath salts'

FRANKFORT — A Kentucky House committee has approved a bill that would ban the sale or possession of a new synthetic drug, often marketed as "bath salts."

House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Tilley of Hopkinsville said Wednesday that his bill would put Kentucky "ahead of the game" in cracking down on the powdered substance growing in popularity among drug users in Kentucky.

The "bath salts" are sold under such brand names as "Ivory Wave" or "Purple Wave."

Committee members were told that the substance can cause delusional behavior, confusion, agitation and paranoia.

House Bill 121 cleared the Judiciary Committee without opposition and now heads to the full House.