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DA warns retailers to stop selling dangerous bath salts

Published May 03. 2011 05:00PM

District Attorney James P. Goodman issued a warning to retailers in Schuylkill County, such as gas stations, markets and smoke shops, to stop offering for sale bath salts, especially to juveniles who cannot truly appreciate the magnitude of their destructive effects.

The announcement comes on the heels of several incidents of extraordinary bizzarre and dangerous conditions exhibited by people who snort the substance.

Goodman warned failure to voluntary take the product off the shelf will lead him into seeking an injunction from the county court which would make it a crime with a fine of $1,000.

Some of the incidents documented in the district attorney's office included a man who snorted bath salts several times in one afternnoon, broke into a Scranton monastery and attacked a sleeping priest with a woodmen mallet and knife; a couple from Luzerne County hallucinating from bath salts nearly cut their five year old daughter with a knife they were using to stab the 90 people they invisioned living in the walls of their apartment; and a 38 year old Lebanon County woman driving her vehicle with an 18-month-old child in the back seat was arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) from bath salts when she was spotted running a red light and repeatedly banging her head against the steering wheel.

The State House of Representatives has addressed the issue and has offered a ban the product but Goodman said the length of time of it takes to become law he has elected not to wait but to take immediate action.

He also requests anyone with information on who is selling these bath salts should contact the district attorney's drug tip line at 1-800-414-1406.

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