DEA Bans Bath Salts
Finally, the DEA bans Bath Salts. If you don’t know what they are, just know that they are a highly addictive and harmful class of drugs.
What are Bath Salts?
Bath Salts have nothing to do with real bath salts – or “jewelry cleaner,” “plant food,” or “phone screen cleaner” – all of which they’re also sometimes called. Bath Salts are snorted, injected, or mixed with food or drink.
Bath Salts are designer drugs, meaning man-made or synthetic substances, which contain synthetic chemicals that are similar to amphetamines. Exactly what chemicals are in the drugs isn’t known.
Most bath salts are MDPV, or methylenedioxypyrovalerone, although different chemical compounds are constantly being made by illegal street chemists. It is difficult to know exactly what is in bath salts because of the ever-changing concoction and because no tests have existed until recently. That’s changing now, as some tests have been developed for certain of chemicals known to be found in bath salts.
Are Bath Salts Addictive?
The chemicals in bath salts are now labeled as Schedule I drugs because they have been found to have no medical value and to have a high potential for abuse. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, incidents involving the use of bath salts have sparked thousands of calls to poison centers across the country.
What Effect Do Bath Salts Have?
Like other amphetamines, bath salts cause an elevated mood, heightened libido, euphoria, and loss of appetite.
Also like amphetamines, bath salts can negatively impact cardiac, renal and respiratory functions.
The effects of bath salts include agitation, paranoia, hallucinations, chest pain, increased pulse, high blood pressure, and suicidal thinking and behavior, which can last even after the high from the drug has dissipated. Sadly, there have been a few highly publicized suicides a few days after their known use.
The DEA Bans Bath Salts: Emergency Scheduling
In October of 2011, the U. S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) exercised its emergency scheduling authority to control three synthetic stimulants (Mephedrone, 3,4 methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) and Methylone) used to make products marketed as “bath salts” and “plant food.” This action makes possessing bath salts, selling bath salts, or any products that contain them, illegal in the United States, therefore the banning bath salts. This emergency action was necessary to prevent an imminent threat to the public safety. The temporary scheduling action remains in effect for at least one year while the United States Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the DEA bans bath salts completely by further studying these chemicals.
The DEA Bans Bath Salts: The Synthetic Drug Abuse Prevention Act
The Synthetic Drug Abuse Prevention Act of July 2012 makes it illegal to possess bath salts, to use bath salts, or to distribute many of the chemicals used to make bath salts, including Mephedrone and MDPV. Methylone, another chemical used in bath salts, is also under the DEA regulatory ban. Altogether, the DEA bans bath salts – over 26 chemicals – that have been found to be ingredients in synthetic drugs known as bath salts.