It is named after Pamela Schmidt, a Rutgers University student who was murdered in March 2011. William Parisio, Jr., who was suspected of being under the influence of methylenedioxypyrovalerone was charged with her murder.
The prosecution announced on September 2, 2011 that the drug did not exist in Parisio's system at the time of his arrest on March 14, 2011.
- "Governor bans bath salts after student’s death". Daily Targum. September 2, 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-03. "Gov. Chris Christie signed "Pamela's Law" into legislation last week, which will ban the sale, possession and use of bath salts, a synthetic drug that affects users in a similar way to methamphetamines, in New Jersey. The law is named after Pamela Schmidt, a University student who was murdered in March. Authorities believe her boyfriend William Parisio Jr., who was under the influence of bath salts at the time of her murder, to be the suspect. ..."
- Celock, John (September 2, 2011). "Bath Salts Drug Not Involved In Murder Leading To Pamela's Law Ban, NJ Prosecutor Says". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2011-09-03.