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NV Board of Pharmacy moves to ban 'bath salts'

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Nevada is a step closer to banning a synthetic drug sold under the guise of bath salts.

Nevada's Board of Pharmacy Thursday unanimously approved an order to identify the salts as a Schedule I substance, which effectively makes them contraband. 

"They call it fake cocaine most of the time," said Larry Pinson, executive secretary of the Nevada Board of Pharmacy. "Basically, you get high and do crazy things."

It's not a done deal, though; the ban still has to go to a legislative commission on regulations, which, if approved, would make it law.That decision may come in a matter of days or weeks.

Known by street names such as Vanilla Sky, Red Done and Ivory Wave, the active ingredient in bath salts is mephedrone and it has the potential to cause agitation, hallucinations, and paranoia.

"We simply do not need our kids taking these sorts of things, or getting into these sorts of situations where we're seeing deaths," Pinson said.

The packages bath salts come in warn the drug is not for human consumption and they are legally sold in head shops and some convenience stores.

The so-called bath salts have already been banned in several states including Florida, Louisiana and North Dakota.

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