The Need for Better Regulation of Harmful Drugs Known as Bath Salts

Abstract

Drugs marketed falsely as ñbath saltsî and ñplant foodî need to be more heavily regulated by state and federal governments in 2013 in order to keep the public safe. æDrugs commonly marketed as ñbath saltsî are a multitude of synthetic drugs all having many of the same effects, while some are stronger than others, they are all extremely dangerous. æWhen used as a recreational drug, the effects of smoking bath salts include severe psychosis leading to delusions and hallucinations stronger than that of psilocybin mushrooms and lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD). æReports of these drugs include one user turning into a ñzombieî that literally ate the flesh off of a homeless manÍs face in Miami. æAnother story tells of a man on bath salts that shot and killed both his wife and himself during a police car chase. æThe American Association of Poison Control Centers received over 6,100 calls about bath salts in 2011, up from only 304 the year before. æIn an effort to control the distribution of these chemicals, the DEA has made three of the most common chemicals in bath salts illegal: mephedrone, MDPV and methylone. æ37 states have taken action to control these and other synthetic stimulants but since the exposure of these drugs is so difficult because detection dogs are unreliable, it is important to control the drug at its source: the supplier. æIt is vital that the fines and jail time following the distribution or possession of these drugs is life-altering to those found guilty.