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Michigan lawmakers ban designer 'bath salts' drug

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan Legislature has passed a bill banning dangerous designer drugs.

Abuse of these recreational drugs sold as "bath salts" has sent 65 people to hospitals in Michigan over the past six months and caused at least one overdose death, according to a federal report released in May.

Lawmakers passed the measure Thursday and sent it to Gov. Rick Snyder for his signature.

Many people buy the drug online and inject it, although some people snort or eat it. The drug may contain a number of synthetic chemicals that are strong stimulants. It can cause increased heart rate, chest pain, dizziness, delusions, panic attack, nose bleeding and nausea.

The drug is not the same as products added to baths for soaking and cleaning.

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