Skip to comments.States seek to outlaw 'bath salts'
Posted on 03/07/2011 5:12:52 AM PST by crosshairs
The plastic packets are labeled "bath salts," but don't be fooled.
Marketed with catchy, soft names such as "Ivory Wave" and "Cloud Nine," these faux bath salts contain potent powders that will get you high and could send you into a paranoid, delusional spin that might leave you dead.
"It's kind of like fake cocaine, fake meth, but it's causing symptoms that are nowhere near fake," said Anthony Scalzo, medical director of the Missouri Poison Center at Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center in St. Louis.
The so-called "bath salts" are the latest wave of legal highs similar to the synthetic marijuana K-2 that states are combating with new laws. It's an emerging problem that has been linked to suicides and addiction.
Although called bath salts, they're nothing like the legitimate minerals, Epsom salts and fragrances some people pour into the tub at the end of a stressful day.
The powder is more like a cousin to cocaine or methamphetamine. It can be snorted, injected or eaten. And it's legal, at least for now, in Missouri and Kansas.
Legislatures in both states are moving to outlaw the compounds that are mixed with an otherwise harmless powder. Louisiana, Florida and North Dakota already ban such products, and several other states are moving in that direction.
Last December, the U.S. Justice Department sounded the alarm when it warned about the increasing abuse of the drugs. Last month, the White House drug czar said they posed a serious health threat to children.
"The marketing and sale of these poisons as 'bath salts' is both unacceptable and dangerous," said Gil Kerlikowske, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy.
The powders equal in size to a crushed aspirin sell for $19 to $50 at convenience stores, gas stations, smoke shops and over the Internet. By comparison, a 20-ounce jar of real bath salts is available at many stores for about $4 to $5.
Bath salts are often a healing tool.
I don't know of anyone that has gotten “high” off bath salts.
Meanwhile ... these same people want to LEGALIZE marijuana and other ILLEGAL drugs. The ingrdeient that has you craving food is readily available for cancer patients that have wasting away issues. But no! They want the entire drug that makes you HIGH! Hide those bath salts fromthe government.
There are new drugs that are called "bath salts" that actually are drugs. That's what they want to ban. Not traditional bath salts.
Re read the article. They are not talking about traditional bath salts you’re familiar with but something being marketed with that name that contains drugs. There have been cases of problems with the drug and I think there was a post here a few weeks ago about “bath salts”.
You can make your own bath salts.
Okay, I’ll read it more carefully.
“There are new drugs that are called “bath salts” that actually are drugs. That’s what they want to ban. Not traditional bath salts. “
I didn’t know that.
Of course! That’s what FR is for! :0)
We may look into that with the kids.
That could be fun to do!
I see ...
“Although called bath salts, they’re nothing like the legitimate minerals, Epsom salts and fragrances some people pour into the tub at the end of a stressful day.
The powder is more like a cousin to cocaine or methamphetamine. It can be snorted, injected or eaten. And it’s legal, at least for now, in Missouri and Kansas.”
ACTUALLY, this is the FIFTH article on FR about BATH SALTS.
With emergency order, Fla. Attorney General outlaws bath salt used as drug
America’s New Drug Problem: Snorting ‘Bath Salts’
Synthetic Cocaine Sold As ‘Bath Salts’
Ivory Wave bath salts — another way to get high
Extensive, real info here:
So, what happens if you dump them in the tub? I’m kinda worried about little Grannies who accidentally run across a packet...
The people I saw listed in the article are:
Anthony Scalzo, medical director of a Poison Center at a hospital in St. Louis.
The legislatures in Missouri and Kansas.
The legislatures in Louisiana, Florida and North Dakota.
the U.S. Justice Department.
Gil Kerlikowske, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy.
I'm sure a lot of them will be surprised to learn that they want to legalize marijuana.
I couldn’t care less, about any chemicals. They’re everywhere. As to lives destroyed, there are 4 billion people, and nature doesn’t care. If someone is so stupid, so dumb, so uninspired, so lazy that chemically warping their brain to kick off ‘feelings’ is the best that they can do, then it isn’t worth one moment in time.
We should go back to the old days were there were skid rows, slums at no public expense were these people can exist and pass on with little effect. Ghettos are good. Instead both the leftist welfare state, and the more rightist security state have impoverished the public with giving these two factions tax money and employment in uselessly dallying with the determined chemical delusional.
If you want to help, house them, feed them, by all means, go ahead. If you want to be Mr. Good Cop and go chase down someones slattern dolt daughter, then go ahead. Just don’t show up at my door with a tax bill and a gun and demand I give my money to you to live better and provide better to your family for your delusional hobby.
How do they work in a shower?
A bath for a mouse, maybe?
Do the salts come with straight faced instructions about how to use them “in a bath”? Like one toke of this stuff and a couple of boxes of baking soda?
[ So, what happens if you dump them in the tub? Im kinda worried about little Grannies who accidentally run across a packet... ]
I am worried about this too. What if someone who likes to bathe in bath salts gets some, will they go crazy in the tub?
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