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Is a Federal Ban on Bath Salts On Its Way?

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.

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12:10PM PST on Feb 25, 2011

Well, I'd sure put bath salts at the top of my "to-do" list, if I was in Congress -- nothing more important on the agenda! ... like jobs, and the poor, and foreclosed homes, and health insurance and pharma companies that want to get every last penny out of you ...

6:15PM PST on Feb 8, 2011

noted and thanx

3:43AM PST on Feb 4, 2011

With that line of thinking, the Gov'mint best get going on a hand sanitizer ban too. That alcohol based stuff is being ingested by kids..and it can kill. Better a law, than parents doing their jobs.

10:40AM PST on Feb 3, 2011

Um... yeah. I'm really thinking that these people have IQs somewhere in the range of functionally retarded.

7:40PM PST on Feb 2, 2011

Anyone stupid enough to use this toxic crap deserves to be at the front of the line when it comes time to "thin the herd." Let's just hope they don't have a chance to breed before they poison themselves!

Sorry, I've lost all compassion for stupid children of stupid parents who insist on messing themselves up and blaming someone else for their problems - "it was the manufacturer's fault, it was my friend's/sister's/classmate's fault, they made me do it, I didn't know what I was doing..." Yada-yada-yada, bullshit!!!

Someone should tell Schumer that you can't cure stupidity by legislating it away. Let the little b**tards kill themselves off, and the problem solves itself!

8:27AM PST on Feb 2, 2011

Next thing you know, they're gonna want to ban aerosol cleaning products or spray paint because *GASP!* people can get high from inhaling the fumes! Ditto with glue-that can also get you high if you inhale it too!

Typical when-in-doubt-spaz-out mentality.

12:35AM PST on Feb 2, 2011

Bath salts are basically epsom salts...who knew you could get high on magnesium sulfates?

11:04PM PST on Feb 1, 2011

It doesn't surprise me that our government wants to deal with this situation by again banning the substance that they think is causing the situation. To hell with the billions of us who don't do stupid things like that. Instead of dealing with the incident itself they extropolate the issue onto all Americans, like all of us are going to start abusing the substance. Such a screwed up government!

8:21PM PST on Feb 1, 2011

How well are all the other drug bans working? This is just another profit center for the Mob.

8:12PM PST on Feb 1, 2011

Why Ban Them. Who cares???

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