silverstein-alcpowder-passesSPRINGFIELD–The Senate Public Health committee approved a proposal today to ban powdered alcohol in Illinois and to set penalties for its sale. Powdered alcohol is a relatively new product already proving to be dangerous, particularly for minors.

State Senator Ira Silverstein (D–Chicago) is the sponsor of the proposed ban, Senate Bill 67.

“Alcohol powder has the potential to cause a surge in the number of cases of alcohol poisoning,” Silverstein said. “Access to powdered alcohol by minors susceptible to binge drinking and people inclined to attempt date rape creates new risks to the public.”

Any crystal substance of powder containing alcohol is considered “powdered alcohol.” The powder may be dissolved in liquid such as soda or juice or sprinkled on food. It can be eaten or snorted without mixing.

A violation of this law would be a Class A misdemeanor for a first offense and a Class 4 felony for a second or subsequent offense.

 

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 42 bills have been introduced in 26 states this year to ban powdered alcohol. U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-New York) introduced a federal ban, calling it potentially “the Kool-Aid of teenage binge drinking.”

Senate Bill 67 now awaits debate on the Senate floor.

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