In a previous post, we shared the concern expressed by authorities over the abuse of bath salts, and reported that lawmakers in Mississippi and Kentucky were getting ready to take action by banning the sale of these powders, and that it has been outlawed in the state of Louisiana.
Another report on the Los Angeles Times talks about the growing concern of authorities over these little packets of powder, as these synthetic stimulants are essentially legal in the United States. Despite the fact that they are, strictly speaking, being marketed as bath salts, they are actually destined for abusers who would like to experience the effects of cocaine or methamphetamine use – legally. And while these bath salts are able to achieve this, they also present the same risks to its users (and abusers) as its illegal counterparts.
The American Association of Poison Control Centers revealed that revealed that poison control centers across the country fielded 235 “bath salts”- related calls last year, and have seen 214 cases so far this year. While there were no statistics presented, there were reports of deaths due to overdose, drug-induced suicides, or accidents, which could be attributed to the abuse of bath salts.
A few states have already taken action, by outlawing active ingredients present in the bath salts: methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) and mephedrone, according to the LA Times. Aside from Louisiana, Florida, North Dakota, and Huntington, West Virginia, have outlawed the chemicals.
MDPV and mephedrone are listed as chemicals of concern by the Drug Enforcement Administration, and are legal at the federal level. Barbara Carreno, spokeswoman for the DEA, said: “At this point, we don’t have the numbers to justify scheduling them; we’re just looking at them.”