Bath Salts

“The dangerous street drug bath salts are outlawed countrywide now that President Barack Obama has signed national legislation banning lab-made components of the deadly drugs,” writes Nok-Noi Ricker for the Bangor Daily News:

Obama signed a federal law on Monday, July 9, [2012,] banning the sale of synthetic bath salts, synthetic marijuana and nearly two dozen other man-made drugs.

When users snorted, smoked, injected or drank the drug, it caused some to become extremely paranoid, irrational, to act in strange ways and sometimes become suicidal.

The drug users, often naked or partially naked because the drug causes the body’s temperature to rise, climbed into sewer pipes, ceilings and up fire escapes screaming that people were after them when no one was, and some gnawed at their own skin trying to kill invisible bugs.…

The U.S. Senate, in a 96-1 vote, approved the Food and Drug Administration’s User Fee Agreement bill in May and the U.S. House of Representatives approved its version in June. The new FDA law adds mephedrone and methylenedioxypyrovalerone, known as MDPV, which are used to make bath salts, to Schedule I — most restrictive category of the Controlled Substances Act — and they are now in the same class as heroin and LSD.

The other 29 substances banned in the law including 20 used to make synthetic marijuana and nine other synthetic hallucinogens. Those caught selling the deadly drugs now face a penalty of up to 20 years and possession could put a person behind bars for 20 years and include a fine of up to $1 million, the DEA website states.…

[Sen. Susan] Collins and fellow Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe co-sponsored the Combating Dangerous Synthetic Stimulants Act, a bill proposed by U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-New York.

“President Obama’s swift approval of this federal ban is the final nail in the coffin for the legal sale of bath salts in smoke shops and convenience stores in New York State and throughout the rest of the country” Schumer said in a statement. “This law will close loopholes that have allowed manufacturers to circumvent local and state bans and ensure that you cannot simply cross state lines to find these deadly bath salts, and I’m pleased that after a great deal of effort, it has become law.” 1

“Less than a month after President Obama banned the sale, production, and possession of synthetic drugs known as bath salts, the Drug Enforcement Agency announced [27 July 2012] that it has made 90 arrests in a nationwide ‘synthetic drug takedown,'” writes Sydney Lupkin for ABC News:

Law enforcement agents also seized $36 million in cash and 19 million packets of synthetic drugs, including bath salts (a powder hallucinogen) and spice (also known as fake marijuana), the agency said. The DEA collaborated with Immigration and Customs Enforcement and several other federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies in a project called Operation Log Jam.…

The difference between a synthetic drug and any other drug is that a synthetic drug is made in a lab, said Scott Basinger, chairman of the Substance Abuse Committee at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Although people have used natural drugs by smoking marijuana or chewing cocaine leaves going back thousands of years, synthetic drugs are only 30 or 40 years old, and they probably started with LSD, he said.2

Effects of Bath Salts
Side effects include extreme agitation, hallucinations & delusions, chest pain, suicidal thoughts, high blood pressure, acute toxicity, hyperthermia, delirium, violent behavior, foaming at the mouth, extreme paranoia, delusional paracitosis, Parkinson-type limb twitching, paranoia, severe insomnia –

Related links

1 Nok-Noi Ricker, “President signs federal synthetic bath salts ban,” Bangor Daily News Online, 14 July 2012, at (retrieved: 15 July 2012).

2 Sydney Lupkin, “DEA Makes 90 Arrests in War on Synthetic Drugs,” 26 July 2012, ABC News, at (retrieved: 30 July 2012).

See also

Skippy Massey, “Nationwide Synthetic Drug Takedown,” 28 July 2012,, at (retrieved: 30 July 2012).

Steve Elliott ~alapoet~, “Bath Salts = Bad Idea [Infographic],”, 7 June 2012, at (retrieved: 15 July 2012).

Related videos

“‘Operation Log Jam’ nets nearly 100 arrests,” video at, (retrieved: 30 July 2012). (Watch it here)

“FOX Files Followup: DEA Operation Log Jam,” video at, (retrieved: 30 July 2012). (Watch it here)

“20/20 from ABC News : Bath Salts: A Deadly, Legal High?” ABCNews video at, (retrieved: 15 July 2012). (Watch it here)

“Bath Salts Craze Caught on Tape,” ABCNews video at, (retrieved: 15 July 2012). (Watch it here)

“‘Bath Salts’ Causing ‘Excited Delirium’?” ABCNews video at, (retrieved: 15 July 2012). (Watch it here)

“Bath Salt High,” NBC10Investigators video at, (retrieved: 15 July 2012). (Watch it here)

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