Last week I heard on the news that a young man was found dead in the river. His family said they were so sad, since he had been addicted to bath salts and thought he was doing well.
WTF? Addicted to bath salts? No wonder he was in the river; he obviously liked the refreshing feel of a dip and soaking in bath salts. That just didn’t make sense to me. Does it to you?
I hauled out my handy-dandy Google and discovered that “bath salts” is the new drug on the block. It is a synthetic stimulant (mephedrone, MDPV, and methylone), similar to PCP or angel dust, and is known as bath salts or plant food. They are sold in some stores under the product names of Ivory Wave (geez, I’d buy that thinking it was a soap product), Vanilla Sky (a lovely sounding candle fragrance), or Purple Wave (my favorite type of petunias).
Here’s some info straight from the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) regarding the use of their emergency scheduling authority to ban the use of the chemicals used in manufacturing the somewhat legal bath salts. I say somewhat legal, because since it is labeled as “not for human consumption,” the FDA does not govern it. However, they found a big loophole and are banning what is used when making it.
“This imminent action by the DEA demonstrates that there is no tolerance for those who manufacture, distribute, or sell these drugs anywhere in the country, and that those who do will be shut down, arrested, and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart said in a statement on the DEA website. “DEA has made it clear we will not hesitate to use our emergency scheduling authority to control these dangerous chemicals that pose a significant and growing threat to our nation.”
This ban took effect on October 7, 2011 and makes it illegal to have or sell the main ingredients for bath salts (mephedrone, methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) and methylone). The ban lasts for 1 year while the DEA works with other government agencies to review the drug and so on and so on. Oh wait, it’s not a drug (not for human consumption, remember).
A majority of states (30) have already banned the sale of bath salts. This synthetic drug is like an extreme amphetamine overdose. Agitation and psychosis are usually seen, but the biggie seems to be the suicidal tendencies after the drug is taken. Wondering if this was the deal with the young man in the river.
I’ve mentioned these bath salts to a few friends and no one has heard of it (all “older” people). I mentioned it to some younger people and yes, they have heard of it. So now you know, and hopefully this will be the first and last time you have to hear of this.
And to the blogger who last month suggested I make bath salts for Xmas presents, I know this is not what you were thinking (right?).