Bill Banning “Bath Salts” Stimulant Clears Committee

Kentucky lawmakers appear ready to crackdown on stimulants called “bath salts,” that are being sold in many gas stations and convenience stores across the commonwealth.

Dr. Henry Spiller of the Kentucky Regional Poison Center in Louisville says the salts contain stimulants that users snort, inject and smoke.

“They appear to use it because there’s a short duration of the drug, we think of about four hours,” he says. “And at the end of the drug use, there’s a period of down. And they use it again and after 12, 16, 18 hours of this is when they sort of get to this delusional state.”

Legislation banning the possession, trafficking or manufacture of the products, which have the street name dove, easily cleared the House Judiciary Committee and awaits a House floor vote.

Published by Tony McVeigh

Veteran broadcast journalist Tony McVeigh has been covering Kentucky politics since 1986, reporting for Clear Channel Communications before joining Kentucky Public Radio in 2004. His stories are aired by seven KPR affiliates, whose signals blanket the Commonwealth and parts of surrounding states. McVeigh began his broadcasting career at WRFC in Athens, Georgia, while earning a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Georgia. He has extensive anchor/reporter experience, including stints with South Carolina Network and Georgia Radio News Service in Atlanta. In 2007 and 2008, McVeigh was named Best Radio Reporter in the Kentucky Associated Press Awards. He also picked up consecutive AP Awards for Best Political Coverage. McVeigh won four Kentucky AP Awards in 2009, six in 2010 - including Best Political Coverage and Best Hard News Feature - and three in 2011. His coverage of the 2007 Kentucky governor's race topped the Political Reporting category of the Society of Professional Journalists Green Eyeshade Awards of 2008. In 2009, McVeigh placed second in Courts and Law Reporting in the Atlanta-based competition for journalists in 11 Southern states. McVeigh is also the proud recipient of an Individual Liberty Award from the Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. The Brunswick, Georgia, native is a die-hard UGA football fan who enjoys photography, astronomy, live music, hiking Kentucky's Red River Gorge and exploring the state's beautiful back roads. McVeigh and his big, fat, black cat Simon, reside in Frankfort, KY.