- Published: Tuesday, December 22, 2015 12:00 PM
SPRINGFIELD – On Jan. 1, Illinois will join two dozen other states that have banned dangerous powdered alcohol and set fines for its sale and purchase. Legislation to ban it is under consideration in another 10-15 states.
State Senator Ira Silverstein (D–Chicago) sponsored the ban in Illinois, Senate Bill 67 (now Public Act 99-0051), which was signed into law by the governor in July.
Powdered alcohol is a relatively new product already proving to be dangerous. Any crystal substance of powder containing alcohol is considered “powdered alcohol.” The powder may be dissolved in liquid such as mixers or juice or it could be sprinkled on food. It can be eaten or snorted without mixing and could be sold in small packets or capsules.
A violation of this law would be a Class A misdemeanor for a first offense in Illinois and a Class 4 felony for a second or subsequent offense.
“Powdered alcohol is not yet for sale in the U.S. and given its potential dangers, I believe it should never enter the market,” Silverstein said. ““Knowing how accessible traditional alcohol already is to those susceptible to abuse – including minors – the risk of alcohol poisoning and its easily concealable form are just two reasons sales of this type of alcohol must be prevented.”
The National Alcohol Beverage Control Association provides research, analytics and alcohol regulatory information regarding policy. NABCA published a paper in November on powdered alcohol’s history, risks and legal status in the states addressing the product.