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Ban on 'bath salts' supported in new AMA policy

June 22, 2011
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Chicago — The American Medical Association (AMA), the nation’s largest physician group, voted at its annual meeting to adopt several new policies, including one concerning the ban on "bath salts."

New policy was adopted to support national legislation banning the synthetic substances known as "bath salts" that include methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) and related compounds.

These synthetic substances can cause paranoia, hallucinations and even violent behavior.

"The misuse of ‘bath salts’ containing MDPV, mephedrone and related substances has led to deaths and hundreds of calls to poison centers nationwide," said AMA Board Member Edward Langston, MD.

"Some states have already implemented emergency bans and others have introduced legislation to ban these synthetic substances," Langston added. "The AMA’s new policy supports a national ban on ‘bath salts’ containing these harmful compounds so that they cannot be misused."

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