Color me surprised that the latest and greatest illicit drug to hit the market has been living under bathroom sinks everywhere for forever: bath salts. Apparently bath salts pack as much punch as cocaine or methamphetamines when used in extreme amounts.
New York State’s health commissioner issued a ban on them on Monday that went into effect immediately. U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) is looking to get them banned nationwide.
Bath salts, which can contain a designer drug called mephedrone (an amphetamine), are generally sold at convenience stores and when abused, can cause hallucinations, paranoia, delusions, suicidal behavior and violence, as well as chest pains and increased blood pressure.
People who use bath salts other than to soak in the tub snort, inject and smoke them. It’s a white substance that comes in a lip gloss-like container.
Bath salts have now been reported to poison control centers in at least 33 states and there have been some deaths as a result.
I remember a few years ago walking into a chain drugstore and wondering why Sudafed had been moved to behind the front counter, and they wanted to take down my information in order to sell me a drug for my seasonal allergies (if only the kids smart enough to make meth from over-the-counter meds could apply that scientific knowledge to something more productive). I suppose now we’ll have to accountable in public for treating our aches, pains and bad days in hot bubble baths.
Are you annoyed that bath salts will be harder to buy now?
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