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Officials warn against use of 'bath salts' drug

MONTGOMERY, AL(AP) - Alabama health and law enforcement officials have added a new synthetic drug to the list of illegal controlled substances in Alabama.

Alabama Health Officer Don Williamson and Attorney General Luther Strange said Monday that a combination of chemicals known as "bath salts" is being marketed in Alabama. Strange and Williamson said the chemicals are dangerous and can cause hallucinations and other dangerous reactions.

Williamson said the "bath salts" were added Tuesday to the Alabama Controlled Substances List. He said this means it's now a felony crime to possess, manufacture or distribute the synthetic drugs.

He said the drugs have been available to buy online and in some stores, such as businesses known as "head shops" that sell drug paraphernalia.

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