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Legislation banning powdered alcohol introduced in General Assembly

Delaware Public Media

Legislation to ban the sale of powdered alcohol in Delaware has been introduced in the General Assembly.


The bill, sponsored by State Rep. Trey Paradee (D-Cheswold), and Senator Margaret Rose Henry (D-Wilmington), would add the First State to a growing number of states that ban such substances.

Powdered alcohol products only require the addition of water to use.

Lt. Governor Bethany Hall-Long (D) supports the bill, saying powdered alcohol is potentially a public health hazard, especially among underage populations.

The American Medical Association would like to see it as a nationwide ban, saying alcohol is the “most widely used substance of abuse among America’s young people.”

And the AMA notes that powdered alcohol can be improperly inhaled, ingested, or mixed with additional alcoholic beverages.

Over 35 states, including Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland, already ban the substance.


Kelli Steele has over 30 years of experience covering news in Delaware, Baltimore, Winchester, Virginia, Phoenix, Arizona and San Diego, California.