Skip to comments.DEA Announces Emergency Ban on Bath Salts
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.
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So is the DEA going to arrest the local liquor store clerk.
Are that screwed up that they have to get high?
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.
"Ooooh nooo". "Thaat will be wruff on my bottom"
I’ve got a problem with the DEA having the authority to ban anything.
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.
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!
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)
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.
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.
"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!
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?
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.
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?
“Calgon, take me away!”
Can the DEA do this? Doesn’t Congress at least have SOME (misguided) role here?
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.
I want to know what else these chemicals are used for that's now going to become impossible/stupid expensive to get.
Me as well.
BAN DI-HYDROGEN MONOXIDE !! (via the Wayback Machine archive, so give it a few seconds...)
Did he (or she) at least get their Darwin Award? Or had they already reproduced?
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.
Anyone taking this crap deserves a Darwin.
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.
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.
There goes my supply of magnesium sulfate.........
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.
Will this affect mainstream products like Calgon who might have been using chemicals like this to produce an aroma?
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.
Properly prescribed Rx drugs kill a lot more.
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.
No, I mean properly prescribed and properly taken.
Rolled up ONE-dollar bills? How low-class. Isn’t a $100 bill considered SOP? Or is that only for cocaine?
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.
I just got the picture....LOL
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?