PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Synthetic drugs that can cause hallucinations and violent behavior are now illegal to purchase in Pennsylvania.

Governor Tom Corbett signed a bill into law that bans these drugs which include Salvia and bath salts or synthetic cocaine.

The law passed unanimously.

It’s welcomed news to people who treat drug addiction. Dr. Neil Capretto at Gateway Rehabilitation Center has been calling for the ban.

“It should be made illegal,” he said. “It’s just too potent, too dangerous of a hallucinogen. It would be like having LSD legal which is absurd in my opinion.”

The ban doesn’t take effect for 60 days, but Corbett is asking store owners to take synthetic drugs off their shelves now.

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