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IMAGE Middletown Library Events - February 8-14, 2015
Saturday, 31 January 2015
Programs @ the library February 8th – 14th Passport to Reading Program continues.  Pick up a passport and list of activities at the Children's Desk. Each activity you complete earns one stamp in your passport. Six stamps earn you a ticket for... Read More...
AAA Mid-Atlantic: Super Bummed – Falling Fuel Prices Intercepted by Refinery Issues
Saturday, 31 January 2015
The Week After falling for a record 123 consecutive days, for a total savings of $1.31 per gallon, prices at the pump have changed direction slightly.  The national average price for regular unleaded gasoline ticked upward to $2.05 per gallon... Read More...
County Community Rating System Assistance Program Lauded
Saturday, 31 January 2015
Recognized by two national organizations FREEHOLD, NJ – Monmouth County’s Community Rating System (CRS) Assistance Program has been recognized by two national organizations, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric... Read More...
Sunset Bridge Closed Friday, Jan. 30
Saturday, 31 January 2015
Bridge will remain closed through May 2016 ASBURY PARK, NJ – County Bridge O-10 on Sunset Avenue over Deal Lake was closed Friday and will remain closed through May 2016. “MonmouthCounty is replacing the bridge on Sunset Avenue that crosses over... Read More...
IMAGE Oceanic Bridge Maintenance Work to Begin Monday, Feb. 2
Friday, 30 January 2015
Photo: Oceanic Bridge. credit: goboatingnj.org   MIDDLETOWN, NJ – The Oceanic Bridge (S-31) over the NavesinkRiver will undergo repair work to the structural steel and concrete deck beginning on or about 9 a.m. Monday, Feb. 2. To complete the... Read More...

Columns

IMAGE SD Family Has Disability-Related Challenges
by Daniel J. Vance
Saturday, 31 January 2015
On Christmas Eve 2014, Tommi Mclaughlin of Spearfish, South Dakota, lost her balance because of multiple sclerosis (MS), fell over backwards near the... Read More...
IMAGE Observations on a MLK Celebration
by George Hancock-Stefan
Friday, 30 January 2015
On Monday, January 19, 2015 I went to a service honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. I went for multiple reasons. I went to honor a great American and... Read More...
IMAGE Worst Storm Ever? (What’s up widat?)
by Woody Zimmerman
Thursday, 29 January 2015
Somehow – no doubt largely due to the vigilance and timely warnings supplied by our political and media guardians – we have managed to survive... Read More...
IMAGE Review - Into The Woods
by David Prown
Wednesday, 28 January 2015
I saw the Broadway version of "Into the Woods" in the 80's with Bernadette Peters just a few days after I saw "Les Miserables" with the original... Read More...
IMAGE Protest This Super Bowl Commercial
by Anne Mikolay
Tuesday, 27 January 2015
Sunday, February 1, the New England Patriots will face off against the Seattle Seahawks in NFL Super Bowl XLIX. Football fans will tune in to see the... Read More...

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New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs Announces July 11 Public Hearing

NEWARK, NJ – Thomas R. Calcagni, Acting Director of the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs, today announced that a public hearing will be held Monday, July 11, a necessary step to make permanent New Jersey’s ban on designer drugs labeled as “bath salts.”

New Jersey is believed to be the third state in the nation to take expedited administrative action banning all six chemicals used in designer drugs labeled as “bath salts.” New Jersey’s ban took effect with an Order of the Acting Director, signed by Calcagni on Wednesday, April 27. The order classifies the six chemicals as Schedule I Controlled Dangerous Substances under New Jersey’s CDS Act, thereby subjecting them to the strictest level of state control. Manufacture, distribution, sale, or possession is now a third-degree crime, subject to fines of up to $25,000 and three- to five-years imprisonment.

The April 27 order was enacted in an expedited manner to stop an imminent threat to health and public safety. It will remain in effect 270 days after being signed, or until the Acting Director adopts a regulation to make the ban permanent. The July 11 hearing, at which members of the public will be encouraged to speak or submit written testimony, is part of the administrative process of adopting a regulation.

“Shady retailers are now well aware they can no longer play games by disguising these highly dangerous drugs with fake labels that call them ‘bath salts’ or ‘plant food,’” Attorney General Paula T. Dow said. “We are now moving to make the ban on these drugs permanent in New Jersey. Public health and safety demand that we preserve strict criminal penalties for the sale and possession of these designer drugs.”

The public hearing will be held at 10 am Monday, July 11, 2011, in the 7th Floor Monmouth Conference Room at the Division of Consumer Affairs headquarters, 124 Halsey Street, Newark, NJ 07101.

“Until a few weeks ago, these cocaine-like drugs were being sold legally in novelty stores and gas stations, to users who may not have known how addictive or dangerous they are, or that they are associated with chilling acts of violence,” Calcagni said. “They were sold without criminal penalties, civil regulation, or even the age restrictions placed on cigarettes. We acted swiftly to get these drugs out of the stores and off the streets before the start of the summer season. The next step is to enact a permanent ban that will keep these drugs off retail shelves and away from anyone who might use them.”

Any member of the public who wishes to speak at the July 11 hearing should submit a written request, no later than July 6, to Thomas R. Calcagni, Acting Director, New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs, PO Box 45027, Newark, New Jersey, 07101.

Specific presentation times will be assigned, and a court reporter will be present to record the proceedings. Those who do not preregister to speak will be given an opportunity to do so, only as time permits. Written comments are also encouraged, and should be submitted to Acting Director Calcagni at the above address.

Designer drugs labeled as "bath salts" are associated with intense, severe side effects that have led to suicidal thoughts, self-mutilation, and violent outbursts. Psychological side effects include extreme anxiety and paranoia, delusional thinking, and visual and auditory hallucinations. Physical side effects include dramatically increased blood pressure and heart rates, and chest pains so severe some users feared they were dying.

The drugs have been sold at gas station convenience stores, smoke shops, and other locations in New Jersey, and are widely available for sale over the Internet.

Having no known legitimate use, the drugs are falsely labeled as “bath salts,” “plant food,” or other innocuous substances, and marked “Not For Human Consumption” in order to conceal from law enforcement the true purpose of the substances.

The drugs have been sold with brand names such as “Energizing Aromatherapy,” “Down2Earth White Horse,” “Kamikaze,” “Ivory Wave,” “Purple Wave,” “Red Dove,” “Blue Silk,” “Vanilla Sky,” and many others.

The Order of the Acting Director lists the following chemicals as Schedule I Controlled Dangerous Substances in New Jersey:

  • 3,4 – Methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV)
  • 4 – Methylmethcathinone (Mephedrone, 4-MMC)
  • 3,4 – Methylenedioxymethcathinone (Methylone, MDMC)
  • 4 – Fluoromethcathinone (Flephedrone, 4-FMC)
  • 3 – Fluoromethcathinone (3-FMC)
  • 4 – Methoxymethcathinone (Methedrone, bk-PMMA, PMMC)

The contents of individual packets of designer drugs labeled as “bath salts” vary, but have been found to include at least one of these chemicals. The chemicals are synthetic derivatives of cathinone, which is a Schedule I CDS under Federal law.

(NOTE: Despite being falsely labeled as “bath salts,” these drugs should not be confused with Epsom salts or other materials that are commonly and legitimately added to bath water. The state ban does not apply to Epsom salts or other true bath salts).

Much more information about these drugs is available at the NJ Division of Consumer Affairs website, www.NJConsumerAffairs.gov/bathsalts , including:

  • The Order of the Acting Director
  • Fact Sheet: Statistics on Abuse in New Jersey
  • Facts About Synthetic Cathinones
  • Nationwide Efforts to Ban Designer Drugs Labeled as “Bath Salts”
  • “WARNING” Flyer

To learn more about the Order of the Acting Director, or to report information about the manufacture, distribution, sale, or possession of designer drugs labeled as “bath salts,” contact the NJ Division of Consumer Affairs at 800-242-5846, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

For any other questions related to these drugs, contact the NJ Poison Information and Education System hotline, 800-222-1222.