Bath Salts Move Closer to Ban After Another Violent Episode

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Seth Thomas Sanders, a 31-year-old Pennsylvania man, was arrested for breaking into a home and attacking two cars, including a cop car, because "he thought he was being chased by electricity," according to police, as reported by the Patriot-News. It was 1 a.m. and the man had snorted the legal substance, which has been compared to methamphetemine. A user becomes "extremely anxious and combative, they think there's stuff trying to get them, they're paranoid [and] they're having hallucinations." Sounds about right: Sanders left his car behind because "he thought it was melting and electricity was following him."

The guy then broke into a house, only to be chased away by its owner, proceeded to break into another garage and eventually run "down state Route 22... jumping onto the hood of two cars, police said." The second car he went after belonged to an officer, so he was arrested and charged with burglary and disorderly conduct, among other things.

New York Senator Charles Schumer is backing a nationwide plan to ban these substances, which are currently being sold in all 50 states, but with crackdowns already beginning in Florida and Louisiana. Adding to the physical risks, like kidney failure, seizure, muscle damage and loss of bowel control, a 22-year-old New Jersey man is thought to have been high on bath salts when he beat his girlfriend to death, making salvia, a ban of which is also looming in New York, look like more like oregano.

[h/t Gawker]

[jcoscarelli@villagevoice.com / @joecoscarelli]

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