Despite warning labels that read "not for human consumption," products like bath salts are being used for less-than-legal purposes such as snorting and smoking. Now, Pennsylvania law enforcement has noted that new substances with different, misleading labels have appeared.
One such product is labeled as a jewelry cleaner, but actually contains a synthetic drug, which is typically a substance that mimics marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamine, The York Daily Record reports. The introduction of a new product to the synthetic drug scene hasn't surprised law enforcement, as bath salts were banned on Monday in Pennsylvania and new drugs were expected to take their place.
Currently, though, state lawmakers are already working on how to regulate jewelry cleaner. State Senator Pat Vance of Cumberland County told the news source that she believed creating restrictions for products would be more beneficial than adding to the growing list of banned chemicals.
"These synthetics cause a lot of trauma for people," Vance said, according to the Record. "We have to craft the regulation so that it would work at getting rid of these products as soon as we know of them."
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