Press Release from the Office of State Senator Craig Estes, District 30

For Immediate Release
May 23, 2011
Contact: Sam Carlson

Legislature Passes Ban on 'Bath Salts'

Austin — The Texas Senate unanimously passed legislation to ban the synthetic drugs known as "bath salts," sending the bill to the Governor's desk. House Bill 2118 by Representatives Garnet Coleman, Phil King, Helen Giddings, and Ken Sheets and Senators Craig Estes (R-Wichita Falls) and Leticia Van De Putte adds the chemicals used to make the dangerous drugs to the Texas Controlled Substances Act.

"Because bath salts are a very new drug and thus have not seen widespread abuse, it was important that we act swiftly and ban this substance before more lives were put in jeopardy," said Estes. "I'm proud to have worked with my colleagues in the Legislature to pass this legislation."

This drug is marketed as a "bath salt" and is legal simply because the packaging labels it as "not for human consumption." These drugs are snorted, ingested, or injected, and can cause paranoia, hallucinations, and psychosis. These hallucinogenic episodes are very dangerous and have led to death. Poison control centers have not seen an alarming number of cases because the drug is so new, but argue that use will drastically increase.

"This bill aims to eliminate the use of bath salts from spreading throughout the state," said Estes. "HB 2118 not only bans the chemicals used to make the dangerous drug, it also bans similar chemical structures of the drugs to prevent manufacturers from bypassing the law by slightly modifying the formula."

Senator Estes represents Senate District 30 covering Archer, Baylor, Clay, Collin (part), Cooke, Denton (part), Grayson, Jack, Montague, Parker, Palo Pinto, Shackelford, Stephens, Throckmorton, Wichita, Wilbarger, Wise, and Young counties.