- Associated Press - Thursday, February 11, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The Rhode Island Senate has approved a bill that would ban the sale and use of powdered alcohol in the state.

Powdered alcohol is a substance that creates an alcoholic beverage when mixed with water. It can be taken as a capsule, mixed to make a drink or inhaled.

The Providence Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1RtcPPs ) that Democratic Sen. Frank Lombardo III of Johnston sponsored the bill, which the Senate approved Wednesday, as a way to curb underage drinking and prevent alcohol abuse.

Lombardo says the product targets youth while underage drinking is at an all-time high.

The bill now heads to the House of Representatives. If passed, Rhode Island would be among 28 states to regulate or ban powdered alcohol.

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Information from: The Providence Journal, http://www.providencejournal.com

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