Casey: DEA Action on Bath Salts is Long-overdue but Critical Step

WASHINGTON, DC—U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) today applauded action by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to temporarily ban the chemicals in so-called ‘bath salts.’  Senator Casey first called on the DEA to implement such a ban in March.

“This action is long overdue,” said Senator Casey.  “Even though Pennsylvania has banned bath salts, this DEA ban will help keep these dangerous products out of Pennsylvania.”

This action will make possessing and selling these chemicals or the products that contain them illegal in the U.S. for at least one year while the DEA and the United States Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) further study whether these chemicals should be permanently controlled.

A Notice of Intent to temporarily control was published in the Federal Register today to alert the public to this action. This alert is required by law as part of the Controlled Substances Act. In 30 days or more, DEA intends to publish in the Federal Register a Final Order to temporarily control these chemicals for at least 12 months, with the possibility of a six-month extension.