Is a Federal Ban on Bath Salts On Its Way?
The use of particular bath salts as recreational drugs only recently became the latest news sensation, but Congress is already preparing itself to weigh in on a federal bath salt ban.
Via the Hill:
Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) is proposing a ban on bath salts, for fear that they’re being used as recreational drugs.
The Associated Press reported on Sunday that Schumer will announce legislation to ban bath salts, which are sometimes snorted for an effect like cocaine or amphetamines.
The bath salts “contain ingredients that are nothing more than legally sanctioned narcotics,” Shumer said, per the AP.
As Lindsay Beyerstein pointed out in this week’s Weekly Pulse, these aren’t just everyday run of the mill chemicals for a relaxing soak, however.
[B]efore you go and blow your allowance at the Body Shop or the garden center, keep in mind that “bath salt” and “plant food” are just euphemisms that web-based head shops use to sell these amphetamine-like drugs, according to a 2010 report by the UK Council on the Misuse of Drugs. The active ingredients of this legal high are mephedrone and methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV).
Despite what the media would have you believe, these designer drugs are not ingredients in common household products. You cannot get high on actual bath salts or plant food. Sorry. Gardeners, if you bought exotic imported “plant food” online, and it arrived in an impossibly tiny packet, don’t feed it to your plants.
Schumer, according to the A.P. article, is seeking a federal ban on the disguised drugs, as well as encouraging the Governor of New York to ban them in the state, as well.