Bath Salts Banned in Washington…Not The Kind You May Think

On April 7, the board unanimously voted to write emergency rules to ban sale and possession of substituted cathinone products in Washington; the rules were filed April 15. The board voted to classify the products as Schedule I controlled substances in Washington, making it illegal to make, sell, deliver, or possess them. Idaho and Oregon have also banned these substances.

A state rule banning these substances is an effective tool for local law enforcement. The ban is also intended as a deterrent to substituted cathinone use and sale in our state.

The Washington State Board of Pharmacy website ( has more information.