February 21, 2012
Darlene Younker, a representative of the local chapter of the Arizona Tea Party, displays a protest message against the sale of designer drugs known as spice and bath salts in front of the Payson Texaco Saturday.
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A bill signed Friday by Gov. Jan Brewer makes it illegal to sell or use a synthetic drug known as bath salts. While the use of bath salts has been a growing issue in many communities, in Payson, they were not readily available, unlike potpourri, which is sold at several convenience stores. Potpourri is also a synthetic drug, but made with different chemicals. Several of those chemicals used to make potpourri or spice were added to the state’s list of dangerous drugs last year. Drug manufacturers, however, went around the law by slightly changing the products’ chemical makeup. “This is the difficulty with the law keeping up with the science of these substances,” said Gila County Attorney Daisy Flores. The bill signed Friday outlaws seven chemicals used to make bath salts.