As DEA works to drive synthetic marijuana products like Spice and K2 off the shelves, a new legal drug menace is already taking its place.
The half-gram bottle of bath salts promises an "invigorating" and "energizing" experience.
These products being sold as bath salts are not those commonly to be used in baths, authorities say. Some manufacturers are making designer drugs being sold as bath salts, said Wendy Stephan, health educator with the Florida Poison Information Center in Miami.
The Department of Justice says "numerous brands are marketed in all 50 U.S. states and via Internet web sites. Common brand names include Blue Silk, Charge+, Ivory Snow, Ivory Wave…and White Lightening." [Sun-Sentinel]
I'm so glad it's not my job to try to stop people from getting high. How hilariously frustrating it must be to spend one's time banning all the ridiculous crap people use to catch a buzz, only to watch as new legal drugs pop up everywhere you look. First there was "incense" that got you stoned, next came "bath salts" that get you jacked, and before you know it, head shops will be selling mailing envelopes for $15 each that make you trip when you lick the seal.
For all the time, money, and lives lost in the war on drugs, we've got several times as many crazy drugs on the scene than when we started, and the old stuff is still kicking our ass as well.