By Ben Spielberg
Mephedrone. Methylenedioxypyrovalerone. Does this sound like anything you’d want to take a bath with? Probably not. Actually, convenient stores around the country have been selling these chemicals under the pseudonym as “bath salts.” They are not bath salts, though—they are drugs that teenagers have been buying and snorting, smoking, or injecting in order to get high.
When I was 16 years old I could walk into a convenient store and buy a legal incense called Salvia. When smoked, it produces intense hallucinations for around an hour. A couple years ago, another incense came out behind counters everywhere—it was called Spice, and it consisted of a medley of leaves that gave people the same effects as marijuana when ingested. And as the public wises up to the “incense epidemic,” the distributors of “legal highs” wise up, too. Their brand has now evolved to bath salts.
The problem is these are not bath salts; these are drugs that anybody can purchase in a store. And they’re not just drugs, they’re new drugs where little research has been done to determine if there are severe long term side effects, what the toxicity level is, etc. Because they’re legal, however, a lot of people are able to justify that they’re safer than anything they’ve heard of in their D.A.R.E. program.
In the age of Paris Hilton, the consumer is always striving for more. They want designer handbags, designer dogs, and even designer drugs. I think that it’s a good thing to always strive for more, and to never be comfortable in some respect. However, this is a matter of safety. There have already been reports of a man stabbing himself with a knife, many people experiencing psychotic breakdowns, and even death. Remember; do not be persuaded that these are harmless bath salts. These are real drugs, and these have not been researched or regulated. And anybody can buy them.
- Banning Bath Salts, Harshing Your High (laist.com)
- Senator calls for bath salts ban due to hallucinogenic effects (inquisitr.com)
- Using Bath Salts to Get High? (healthmad.com)