Dreamy Bath Salts are Police Nightmare
Bath salts are meant to make bath time more enjoyable. The added experience brought by the bath addition range from adding fragrance to bath water to making skin softer, cleaner or healthier. They are not intended to get people high, but that is exactly what they are being used for.
The news of bath salts being used as a drug has been sifting along the news pages for a few months now, some stories, like this Fox News story, states that stories have been cropping up since late 2010. In Mississippi, lawmakers tried to ban the substance outright in January 2011, but the bill died in the state’s House of Representatives.
According to a New York Times article, the bath salts have been banned in 28 states, and more are expected to follow. The concerns from these salts, which are snorted or smoked, are similar to concerns that faced another “innocuous” product, Spice.
Both products attempt to circumvent drug laws by changing the uses or ingredients of the product in order to enter retail sale unregulated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency or the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. In the case of bath salts, the salts, when smoked or snorted, mimic the effects methamphetamines. Spice, when smoked, mimics the effects of marijuana, and was sold on the open market as incense.
The stories that surround the bath salts are reminiscent of the stories of the thugs we all heard about who were “out of their mind” on PCP. One man snorted the drug, and then began cutting himself with a knife on his face and stomach. Another individual went into various states of delirium before shooting himself. Another man hallucinated that two police officers were two devils and fought them so much that one of the deputies was injured. What seems to be the most telling about the product is how it is sold. The product is sold, not at major stores, Wal-Mart, etc, but at smaller shops and gas stations. A jar of legal bath salts retails, on Google Shopper, for about $10-20. That is the price for a whole jar of the salt. A small packet of the “questionable” bath salts sells for about $20, and up, for a small packet. The negative effects of this designer drug seem to speak for themselves. The real question is why state governments, or the Federal government, haven’t moved to ban this substance outright.