Sale of Bath Salts Banned in NYC
What do New York State health officials have against bathing? – One might wonder, as bath salts have now been declared as banned in the state of New York. There is a perfectly good reason, however. These products are not exactly used for bathing, despite their name; there are actually quite a number of people who wound up in the hospital because of them.
A report on the Long Island Press revealed that an order to ban the sale of bath salts has been issued by New York State Health Commissioner Nirav Sha on Tuesday. These products, it has been pointed out, are dangerous; they contain amphetamine-like substances, and can mimic the effect of cocaine or methamphetamines. Among its effects are hallucinations, paranoia, delusions, suicidal behavior and violence. These may also cause chest pains and increased blood pressure.
Commissioner Sha commented “These chemicals marketed as bath salts are a growing and dangerous threat to the public health, and this action to end the sale and distribution of these harmful substances is a critical step… These substances present a real and immediate threat to the health and safety of our young adults and the public at large.”
Bath salts are available in 2-gram pouches, priced at $20 each. Among the brand names for these bath salts are White Lightening, Snow Leopard, Tranquility, Zoom, Ivory Wave, Red Dove, Vanilla Sky. Health officials shared that these products contain several synthetic chemicals such as methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) and mephedrone. They are usually sold in small convenience stores.
The ban is to take effect immediately.bath salts, bath salts abuse, bath salts ban, bath salts risks