PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Governor Raimondo signed into law today a piece of legislation the possession of alcohol with liquid device illegal.
“Whether it’s in a powdered or vapor form, the potential for abuse, especially with children, is an ever present danger,” said Senator Crowley in reference to the drug. “This legislation will keep people safe from these new delivery systems where the potential to overdose is too great due to the public’s unfamiliarity with the product,” he added.
According to the State House, this is now a crime punishable by a fine and/or imprisonment.
The bill comes in response to a new trend in which alcohol vapors are inhaled through crude methods, for example “pouring over dry ice and inhaling the fumes or ‘free-basing’ with an open flame,” said a news release.
Such methods allow the alcohol to bypass the body’s normal processing functions through the liver and digestive system and go straight to the blood stream and brain, explained the release.
“The danger is that the body has no natural mechanism to stop alcohol poisoning when alcohol is consumed in this way,” said Representative Bennett. “I think we are lucky there haven’t been any tragedies yet in our state with this kind of alcohol usage, and hopefully this legislation will prevent any from occurring in the future.”