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  1. fatal
    Reuters

    Washington - U.S. authorities on Friday issued a temporary ban on chemicals used in a new type of street drug known as "bath salts" that is increasingly popular among teens.

    The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) took emergency action that makes possessing and selling these chemicals or products that contain them illegal in the United States.

    "This emergency action was necessary to prevent an imminent threat to public safety," the DEA said in a statement.

    Under the federal order, the chemicals used to make bath salts — mephedrone, methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) and methylone — are banned for at least one year.

    Studies will then determine if the chemicals should be permanently banned.

    The action places the chemicals on the DEA's most restrictive list, reserved for substances with high potential for abuse and that do not have a currently accepted use for treatment.

    Bath salts are marketed with catchy names like "Ivory Wave," "Purple Wave," "Vanilla Sky," and "Bliss," and are comprised of chemicals that mimic the effects of drugs like cocaine and LSD, authorities said.

    Users have reported impaired perception, reduced motor control, disorientation, extreme paranoia and violent episodes, with other unknown longer-term physical and psychological effects.

    Bath salts, also sometimes sold as "plant food," are growing in popularity among young adults and teens. They are sold at tobacco shops, gas stations, convenience stores and online, according to the DEA.

    The products are typically marked "not for human consumption" but are commonly snorted, swallowed or injected by users. They have not been approved by the federal regulators for human consumption or medical use.

    Poison control centers, hospitals and police have been fielding an increasing number of calls about products containing the chemicals in bath salts, the DEA said.

    Copyright 2011 Thomson Reuters


    The original article also has a video here;

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/44993663/ns/health-health_care/

Comments

  1. radiometer
    See here for the official DEA filing.
  2. kgphoenix6
    My friend lives in Missouri and was sad to see all of the herbal incense, bath salts and plant food banned and taken off of the shelves this August. Thankfully however, new, legal replacements for all three of these things were recently released. If he wasn't able to occasionally enjoy the sweet release of being high, this friend of mine would definitely have killed himself, and that is a fact. What terrifies me is that this federal analog act and all these new bans are going to make it impossible to buy these things from legitimate businesses. This pal o' mine NEEDS to get fucked up and twisted sometimes so you can rest assured that legal or not, he will find a way. They say that these drugs are unsafe and maybe they are, but at least my friend can purchase them in a safe environment without having to endure the slum houses, bad neighborhoods and shady drug dealers!
  3. alienesseINspace
    I do not believe that your pal "needs" to get wasted. I believe that once a person "needs" a drug to mess them up, then it is time to take a break from that lifestyle.

    SWIM spent many years with the same feelings that there were "needs" for certain substances but after being required to stop, SWIM has come to realize that a person can live without feeling that getting messed up is a necessity when they stop for a while.

    Maybe your pal will be better off not having access to bath salts and plant feeder. I have heard that those products can develop into addictions. The good news is that everyone is capable of recovery from addiction is they 1. want to and 2. are willing to put in work to change.

    I wanted to point out that since bath salts and plant feeder were not labeled with the actual RC and the amount and dosage instructions, it was most likely very responsible of the DEA to eliminate some of the deaths that occurred due to the usage of them.
  4. jodiroxx
    "The action places the chemicals on the DEA's most restrictive list, reserved for substances with high potential for abuse and that do not have a currently accepted use for treatment."
    SWIM's pet monkey heard MDPV helped with focus, concentration and losing weight when all other prescriptions failed. The trick was to get a scale and measure, somewhere between 2mg-4mg was enough. Stupid teenagers gotta act like it's coke or something and OD on it. Never disrespect the drug and it won't disrespect you.


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