Governor Jindal to make bath salt announcement


POSTED: Thursday, January 6, 2011 - 10:05am

UPDATED: Thursday, January 6, 2011 - 6:45pm

This is an NBC33 News update: A growing problem has been spreading across Louisiana. It’s related to the use of legal bath salts as a way of getting high. Today, Gov. Jindal banned the substance, making it illegal to possess, manufacture or distribute in Louisiana.

“These drugs have crept into our communities and they are hurting our kids,” Jindal said during a press conference held in Mandeville just before noon. “We have to do everything in our power to protect our children and to make sure our streets are safe for our families. The reality is that the chemicals used to make these dangerous substances have no legitimate use other than to provide a high for the user. Make no mistake – these are very dangerous drugs and we must get them off our streets.

“Today’s announcement gives our law enforcement officials the tools they need to crack down on the people pushing these dangerous drugs. Indeed, our law enforcement officials can immediately take these drugs off the shelf – and at the same time, it’s now illegal to possess and use these dangerous chemicals.”

Tune in to NBC33 News at 5 p.m. for more on this story.

COVINGTON, La (NBC33) -- Governor Bobby Jindal is scheduled to make an announcement today concerning high quality bath salts being used to get high. Several law enforcement agencies around the state have come across the substance usually called Cloud 9. They say individuals snort the bath salts and get a reaction similar to LSD or PCP. It's becoming a growing problem across the state.

Tune in to NBC33 News at 5. We'll bring you the latest concerning the bath salts and Governor Jindal's announcement.

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