Bath salt ban

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) -- The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has banned so called "bath salts", a deadly drug that has become popular with teens.

The DEA announced an emergency ban Wednesday, temporarily prohibiting the sale and possession of the ingredients used to make the stimulant.

The drug is marketed under the names "purple wave", "vanilla sky" and "bliss". It has been sold over the counter in convenience stores and is said to give users a high similar to cocaine.

The ban takes effect in 30 days and will last a year while federal officials try to determine if a permanent ban is needed.


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