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The Kentucky House wrapped up the second week of the 2011 session with passage of the so-called “bath salts” bill.

Bath salts are legal synthetic stimulants sold in convenience stores and smoke shops. But Rep. John Tilley says the product, often called “Dove,” is being abused. He says prolonged use can lead to paranoia, hallucinations and delusions.

“It produces a bad trip. And dangerous. There have been suicides reported. There have been suicide attempts in Kentucky. No yet reported suicide to my knowledge. Several trips to the ER. Many poison control cases reported. Dangerous drug,” he says.

Tilley’s bill, which passed 94-0, bans the manufacture, distribution and possession of the drug. The measure now heads to the Senate.