Considering bath salts may be more addictive than meth, the U.S. really wants to take control of the growing trend. Unfortunately, getting these drugs off the streets has given the legal system quite a headache.
The group of synthetic drugs known as "bath salts" have been all over the news this year, leading some to call it the next drug hysteria. And it's not without reason. Their use appears to be spreading.
Between 2009 and 2014, 324 new psychoactive substances (NPS) were reported to the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC), according to the organizations 2015 World Drug Report. These drugs are seen as legal highs with negative health implications.
WASHINGTON — People are inventing so many new, legal ways to get high that lawmakers can’t seem to keep up. Over the past two years, the U.S. has seen a surge in the use of synthetic drugs made of legal chemicals that mimic the dangerous effects of cocaine, amphetamines and other illegal stimulants.
President Barack Obama's drug czar warned Americans Tuesday about the growing threat of designer drugs marketed as "bath salts" that are in fact dangerous amphetamine-type stimulants."I am deeply concerned about the distribution, sale and use of synthetic stimulants -- especially those that are marketed as legal substances," said Gil Kerlikowske, director of the White House's Office of National Drug Control Policy."At a time when drug use in America is increasing, the marketing and sale of these poisons as 'bath salts' is both unacceptable and dangerous."
It is unclear if the most recent crackdown on synthetic drugs was prompted by today's Yellen testimony, but according to AP, the US government - seemingly in desperate need to find new things to spend money on - has decided to take its vendetta with sellers of drugs, just synthetic drugs, personal, and starting this morning, "broadened its national crackdown on synthetic drug manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers as federal agents served hundreds of search and arrest warrants in at least 25 states....