Gov. Jack Markell is scheduled to sign Senate Bill 160, also known as the "bath salt" bill into law Wednesday, Jan. 25.


Gov. Jack Markell is scheduled to sign Senate Bill 160, also known as the "bath salt" bill into law Wednesday, Jan. 25.

The bill, which passed both the Senate and House over the last two weeks, will ban the sale and use of bath salts in Delaware and will redefine the legal definition of designer drugs to cover synthetic versions now on the state’s list of controlled substances.

“Bath salts” became prevalent in Delaware last spring after hospitals and law enforcement agencies reported an increase in violent crimes across the state associated with the drug.

Officials say the drug is extremely dangerous, inciting paranoia, violence and bizarre behavior by its user.

Legislators are looking to get the bill passed and signed into law before the month’s end, when the temporary “bath salt” ban issued by Markell in the fall is set to expire.

Since the ban was put in place in September, medical and law enforcement officials have reported a decline in bath-salt related incidents.

Markell will sign the legislation into law at 1:30 p.m. in this Legislative Hall office.