Published: Feb 06, 2011 1:03 AM EST
Updated: Feb 05, 2011 10:03 PM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Officials at the Florida Poison Information Center say a statewide ban on a synthetic designer drug commonly labeled as "bath salts" has led to a drop in calls about the substance.
      
Attorney General Pam Bondi last week temporarily banned the drug called MDVP. The so-called bath salts usually are snorted like cocaine but also can be smoked and injected.
      
The medical director of the Tampa-based information center says the 90-day emergency order has meant fewer people are being exposed to the drug, so fewer people are calling poison control centers seeking help after snorting it.
      
Bondi's order makes the sale or possession of the drug a third-degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison.
      
Legislative leaders say they plan to pass a law permanently banning the substance.

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