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Legislature targets drugs in “bath salts” as formulas change

Despite a new state law that bans certain ingredients used to make a synthetic drug known as “bath salts,” manufacturers found a way to tweak their formulas to keep the drug on store shelves.

So, legislators are at it again — this time trying to find a longer-term solution to banning such drugs.

The Senate Rules Committee will vote again on House Bill 2388, which would allow the Arizona State Board of Pharmacy to ban the chemicals used in bath salts.

The bill failed in the committee Monday over concerns about its constitutionality, but Sen. Linda Gray, R-Phoenix, said at a Tuesday news conference that she expects the bill to pass on its second vote.

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