The state of Illinois now joins the ranks of states that have declared the designer drug sold as â€œbath saltsâ€ illegal, becoming the 11th state to do so.
The Los Angeles Times reportedthat Illinois governor Pat Quinn has signed a law that banned the drug methylenedioxypyrovalerone, or MDPV. The decision comes in the wake of the death of a female resident of the state due to overdose early this year.
In addition to the law banning bath salts, the governor also signed other laws that would also serve to strengthen the drug prevention efforts of the state.
One expanded the definition of drug-induced homicide, which now includes absorption of a controlled substance; the law is a bid to prevent the abuse of fentanyl patches.This law, as well as the law banning bath salts, is to take effect immediately.
Another law will amend the stateâ€™s current list of controlled substances, to include such synthetic equivalents of marijuana as â€œSpice,â€ â€œK2,â€ as well as nine chemical compounds. This law, on the other hand, will take into effect by January 1 of next year.
The governor, who is currently on an educational trip in Israel, issued the following statement: â€œWe want to make sure our drug policies are aggressive, current and responsive.â€ A report on the Chicago Tribune shared further that the governor described the new drug-related laws as a way to advance their efforts to keep the state â€œsafe, productive, and drug-free.â€