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DEA Announces Emergency Ban on Bath Salts
ABC News ^ | Sept. 7, 2011 | LEE FERRAN

Posted on 09/07/2011 3:04:27 PM PDT by Beaten Valve

The Drug Enforcement Administration said today it will use its emergency authority to ban chemicals used in legal synthetic drugs known as bath salts, calling the chemicals an "imminent hazard" to the public.

"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."

In June, an ABC News "20/20" investigation found that despite being linked to multiple deaths, bath salts have been sold across the country with little to no oversight, sometimes to teens.

The DEA describes the bath salts, which have nothing in common with products long-used in bathing, as a sort of imitation cocaine or LSD – a substance that while legal, has not been approved by the FDA for human consumption and has been linked to violent, sometimes deadly outbursts by users. Varieties of bath salts are sold under different labels in corner stores across the U.S. as well as online and have prompted thousands of calls to Poison Control nationwide.

(Excerpt) Read more at abcnews.go.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: bathsalts; dea

1 posted on 09/07/2011 3:04:32 PM PDT by Beaten Valve
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To: Beaten Valve

So is the DEA going to arrest the local liquor store clerk.


2 posted on 09/07/2011 3:08:32 PM PDT by Marty62 (Marty60)
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To: Beaten Valve

Are that screwed up that they have to get high?


3 posted on 09/07/2011 3:10:33 PM PDT by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2011)
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To: Beaten Valve

Didn’t one of the most highly publicized recent “bath salt” cases end up with a blood test showing there were none of them in the dude’s bloodstream?

Reminds me of the hysteria over Four Loko. These products may not have any societal benefit, but god forbid we let people make their own choices.


4 posted on 09/07/2011 3:12:14 PM PDT by rockvillem
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To: Beaten Valve
"DEA Announces Emergency Ban on Bath Salts"

"Ooooh nooo". "Thaat will be wruff on my bottom"

5 posted on 09/07/2011 3:12:53 PM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: Beaten Valve

I’ve got a problem with the DEA having the authority to ban anything.


6 posted on 09/07/2011 3:14:20 PM PDT by Scotsman will be Free (11C - Indirect fire, infantry - High angle hell - We will bring you, FIRE)
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To: Marty62
Gateway high.

Every crack addict began with this buzz. Every one!


7 posted on 09/07/2011 3:18:19 PM PDT by I see my hands (Keep your sunny side up!)
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To: Beaten Valve
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.

"The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary."

H. L. Mencken
8 posted on 09/07/2011 3:20:11 PM PDT by microgood
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To: I see my hands

Never heard of it. High in the H did it make the mainstream? At what point do americans realize that their is nothing good about coddling drug addicts or accepting this behavour in society.

ILLEGAL Drugs KILL.


9 posted on 09/07/2011 3:22:13 PM PDT by Marty62 (Marty60)
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To: rockvillem

Four Loko was DEATH. That was the most miserable drunk I have ever been. The hysteria was well-placed but I agree that we should let people make their own choices.

Heck, after the experience I had, I will never go near it again!


10 posted on 09/07/2011 3:24:36 PM PDT by Black_Shark
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To: Black_Shark
**Heck, after the experience I had, I will never go near it again!****

That makes you too smart. The alphabet bureau's think your dumb enought to do that daily...so ban it...

Judging from your experience was it death or did you just wish you'd die from the effects. Everyone has had hangovers that fall into that catagory....(even me):O)

11 posted on 09/07/2011 3:42:57 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: Marty62
ILLEGAL Drugs KILL.

They do, but in a TV series called "The First 48, (real people, real cases)" the junkies who use drugs seem to be killing their fair share of people in order to get their "fix." Human life has no value when a "user" needs their drugs or the money to buy them.

12 posted on 09/07/2011 3:45:56 PM PDT by MamaDearest
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To: Beaten Valve

Some dunce here in KS got convicted for selling “bath salts”, even though they were not illegal at the time he sold them. Beware of publicity-hungry prosecutors.


13 posted on 09/07/2011 3:52:38 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: Beaten Valve
What was it that even Jerry (Moonbeam) Brown uttered today when he vetoed a law mandating bicycle helmets?

"Not every human problem requires a law"

Moonbeam freakin' Brown uttered those words. This is sheer lunacy. We better ban swimming pools and bathtubs - they have caused far more life-altering injuries and death than bath salts have. Heck, let's just ban water!

14 posted on 09/07/2011 3:53:12 PM PDT by RobertClark (People sleep peaceably in their beds at night b'cse good men are rdy to do violence on their behalf)
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To: Beaten Valve

Is this the stuff people get at Bed, Bath, and Beyond, and put in their baths to soak, or is this some sort of joke or what?


15 posted on 09/07/2011 3:54:26 PM PDT by Little Ray (FOR the best Conservative in the Primary; AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: Beaten Valve

I don’t understand.

I have been using bath salts and epsom salts for years to soothe aching muscles and sore feet.

How exactly do you get high from this?

Personally, I can’t stand using them because waiting around is like sunbathing to me: A huge waste of time.


16 posted on 09/07/2011 4:04:56 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Beaten Valve

I guess I’ve never been lucky enough to shop a place seedy enough to carry this, if they’re talking about teeny tiny portions that couldn’t salt a dog dish, let alone a bathtub.
Do the instructions really tell the user to put it in a tub of water?


17 posted on 09/07/2011 4:28:07 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (There's gonna be a Redneck Revolution! (See my freep page) [rednecks come in many colors])
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To: Vendome; All

“Calgon, take me away!”


18 posted on 09/07/2011 4:28:46 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (There's gonna be a Redneck Revolution! (See my freep page) [rednecks come in many colors])
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To: Beaten Valve

Can the DEA do this? Doesn’t Congress at least have SOME (misguided) role here?


19 posted on 09/07/2011 4:29:58 PM PDT by wastoute (Government cannot redistribute wealth. Government can only redistribute poverty.)
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To: Little Ray

No joke. A 22 yo in our town did bath salts (aka mephedrone and methylenedioxypyrovalerone, or MDPV, also known as substituted cathinones) last week, layed down on US route 1 and at 10:45 PM was promptly run over and killed.


20 posted on 09/07/2011 4:30:13 PM PDT by mainevet (Get an M1911 or two or three or four)
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To: Beaten Valve
it will use its emergency authority to ban chemicals used in legal synthetic drugs known as bath salts, calling the chemicals an "imminent hazard" to the public.

I want to know what else these chemicals are used for that's now going to become impossible/stupid expensive to get.

21 posted on 09/07/2011 4:32:01 PM PDT by tacticalogic
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To: HiTech RedNeck

LOL


22 posted on 09/07/2011 4:34:10 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Scotsman will be Free

Me as well.


23 posted on 09/07/2011 4:37:19 PM PDT by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)?)
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To: RobertClark
> Heck, let's just ban water!

BAN DI-HYDROGEN MONOXIDE !! (via the Wayback Machine archive, so give it a few seconds...)

24 posted on 09/07/2011 4:39:09 PM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: mainevet
> No joke. A 22 yo in our town did bath salts (aka mephedrone and methylenedioxypyrovalerone, or MDPV, also known as substituted cathinones) last week, layed down on US route 1 and at 10:45 PM was promptly run over and killed.

Did he (or she) at least get their Darwin Award? Or had they already reproduced?

25 posted on 09/07/2011 4:42:06 PM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: mainevet

Looked it up.
Looks like this stuff is SOLD as “bath salts” so that dealers can make it in industrial quantities and druggies can buy it easier.

Stupid druggies. What we really need to do is lower the price.


26 posted on 09/07/2011 4:49:27 PM PDT by Little Ray (FOR the best Conservative in the Primary; AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: dayglored

Anyone taking this crap deserves a Darwin.


27 posted on 09/07/2011 4:50:12 PM PDT by mainevet (Get an M1911 or two or three or four)
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To: MamaDearest

Oh yeah, when you see real life cases like the diff. LEO have to solve it becomes CLEAR, there is ALWAYS more than one victim of this scourge.


28 posted on 09/07/2011 4:55:42 PM PDT by Marty62 (Marty60)
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To: Vendome
I have been using bath salts and epsom salts for years to soothe aching muscles and sore feet.

How exactly do you get high from this?

"Bath salts" is a euphemism for them, just like "weed" is for marijuana (don't try to smoke your dandelions to get high). I think they were called "bath salts" to avoid FDA rules about it being either a food or a drug. The sellers could claim that they weren't meant to be ingested, so they can't be blamed for what the buyer did with them.

29 posted on 09/07/2011 5:02:50 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Due to the earthquake the president has officially implemented Rule 18-1.)
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To: Beaten Valve

There goes my supply of magnesium sulfate.........


30 posted on 09/07/2011 5:04:21 PM PDT by Sarajevo (Is it true that cannibals don't eat clowns because they taste funny?)
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To: Beaten Valve

Bath salts contain manmade chemicals like mephedrone and methylenedioxypyrovalerone, or MDPV, also known as substituted cathinones. Both drugs are related to khat, an organic stimulant found in Arab and East African countries that is illegal in the United States.

They are similar to so-called synthetic marijuana, which has also caused a surge in medical emergencies and been banned in a number of states. In March, the Drug Enforcement Administration used emergency powers to temporarily ban five chemicals used in synthetic marijuana, which is sold in the same types of shops as bath salts.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/17/us/17salts.html?pagewanted=all


31 posted on 09/07/2011 5:12:28 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: KarlInOhio

Oh?!

I see.

thnx


32 posted on 09/07/2011 5:16:43 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: kcvl

Will this affect mainstream products like Calgon who might have been using chemicals like this to produce an aroma?


33 posted on 09/07/2011 5:17:35 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (There's gonna be a Redneck Revolution! (See my freep page) [rednecks come in many colors])
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To: Beaten Valve
It is not bath salts that you bath in. They just call it that.

When mephedrone was rediscovered in 2003, it was not specifically illegal to possess in any country. As its use has increased many countries have passed legislation making the possession, sale and manufacturing of mephedrone illegal.

34 posted on 09/07/2011 5:24:08 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Marty62

Properly prescribed Rx drugs kill a lot more.


35 posted on 09/07/2011 5:31:55 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: TigersEye
Which is also due to user abuse.

ANYONE who wants to get high, plastered, etc. will find a way to the point of injecting melted down Vicks inhalers, snorting anti-freeze or even sucking on whipped cream cans.

They aren't exactly picky if it makes them stoned out of their gourd.

36 posted on 09/07/2011 5:49:39 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: kcvl

No, I mean properly prescribed and properly taken.


37 posted on 09/07/2011 5:55:25 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: kcvl

Rolled up ONE-dollar bills? How low-class. Isn’t a $100 bill considered SOP? Or is that only for cocaine?


38 posted on 09/07/2011 5:57:46 PM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: goat granny

Let’s put it this way: It was the first time, in my adult life, that I have cried for my mother. I was literally crying for my mother while holding onto the porcelain maiden.


39 posted on 09/07/2011 6:10:14 PM PDT by Black_Shark
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To: Black_Shark

I just got the picture....LOL


40 posted on 09/07/2011 8:33:09 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: Beaten Valve

Emergency authority? WTH? The DEA has emergency authority?

How long before the DEA declares emergency authority against glue? Anyone selling glue will be arrested.

Tell me again, what country is this? A free country? A global enforcer in the fight for freedom country?


41 posted on 09/07/2011 8:59:21 PM PDT by takenoprisoner (Repeal the 16th amendment . Send Islam packing to their homeland.)
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