‘Bath Salts’ Crackdown

Drug News

New Jersey store owners who have been peddling a designer hallucinogenic drug labeled as bath salts and plant food have 10 days to voluntarily surrender them or face criminal consequences, according to New Jersey Attorney General Paula Dow.

On Thursday, Ms. Dow set a May 18 deadline for storeowners who have been selling the drugs to surrender them or be at risk for arrest on charges of distribution, sale or possession of drugs.

The drugs—packaged under names such as “Energizing Aromatherapy,” “Ivory Wave” and “Vanilla Sky”—were placed on the state’s Controlled Dangerous Substance list on Wednesday. The penalty for possession of these designer drugs now is three to five years imprisonment and a fine of up to $25,000, Ms. Dow said.