DEA Bans “Bath Salts” For One Year
The nationwide battle against dangerous synthetic drugs dubbed “bath salts” has taken a sharp turn this week. Following multiple deaths and bans or control measures by 33 states, the Drug Enforcement Administration is issuing an emergency ban on the chemicals used in manufacturing the product. Until now, many products have been sold legally despite containing a form of drug that has been linked to violent, deadly outbursts.
The emergency ban goes into effect in early October, and will make it illegal to possess or sell the ingredients in “bath salts” or any products which contain the same chemicals, mephedrone, methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) and methylone. The emergency ban will cover one year, will an option to extend it for six months, if the DEA deems it necessary.
The ban subjects anyone who manufactures, distributes or sells “bath salts” to prosecution anywhere in the United States. Until the ban goes into effect next month, the threat of overdose and fatalities from usage continues. Thus far, accessibility to the product has come through sales at corner stores and online, although the substances have not been approved by the FDA for human consumption. Growing popularity of these “bath salts” has led to thousands of calls to Poison Control Centers following a user’s experience of side effects ranging from chest pains to hallucinations, many of which can occur after a user compulsively seeks repeated doses.
Senator Charles Schumer of New York proposed a national ban on the chemicals used in bath salts back in February. Schumer insists a permanent ban is necessary to protect communities from these new designer drugs for the long term. During the initial 12-month ban period, the Department of Health and Human Services will likely assemble documentation and other support for that potential permanent ban.
As medical evidence has shown and media reports have documented, the mind-altering substances in “bath salts” can lead to hospitalization, criminal activity and even death. While some individuals who are drawn to use this form of designer drug may be experimenting for the first time, long-lasting damage is possible due to repeated usage. The accessibility of “bath salts” may also seem appealing to the addict whose drug abuse involves multiple substances and who suffers from chronic relapse.
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