While there is still a great deal of information that is unknown about the abuse of bath salts (also referred to as Ivory Wave, Red Dove, Vanilla Sky, White Lightning and other names) there is one thing that is certain: bath salts are quickly being recognized as some of the most addictive and dangerous substances known. This is especially troublesome considering that with rare exceptions these drugs are completely legal for purchase almost everywhere in the United States. And with there being no age limit to purchase these substances, there could be a surge in the amount of teens and young adults who become physically addicted to these potentially deadly drugs.
Bath salts are Mephedron (4-MMC) online kaufen powdery substances that are marketed – at least on the surface – as natural relaxant herbs and compounds that can be placed in bath water. However, the chemicals in these drugs are nearly identical to those found in certain plant foods and fertilizers and have effects that are similar to street drugs such as methamphetamine and cocaine. But because such drugs are labeled as “Not for Human Consumption,” there is no regulation of the substances in these products, leading many to consume bath salts with dangerous additives and toxins.
The psychoactive compounds in most bath salts are Cathione, MDPV and Mephedrone. These drugs cause severe hallucinations that by most accounts are extremely unpleasant. Despite this fact, the substances cause intense cravings and addictions to the drugs are formed rapidly. Many users report that the “high” or “trip” is awful but that they find themselves compelled to do it again and again.
These drugs cause people
This is especially concerning because these drugs cause people to become psychotic. Users report episodes of cutting and mutilating themselves, performing surgeries on themselves, becoming violent, paranoid, aggressive, and some have committed suicide. One very recent case involves a man who allegedly killed a police officer while high on such substances. Another case involved a hospitalized person who remained in a state of bath-salt induced psychosis nearly two weeks after last using the drug.
States such as Louisiana and Florida have already taken emergency action to ban the substances, but experts fear that manufacturers will simply reformulate the products, effectively keeping them on the market indefinitely. Other states have taken steps to outlaw bthe drugs, but they are still legal at a federal level. The DEA and FDA have indicated that these chemicals are currently “substances of interest” but have not stated specific actions that might be taken.
Emergency rooms and poison control centers around the country report increasing numbers of instances related to bath salt abuse. Attending physicians have been deeply troubled by the apparent ability of the drugs to negate the effects of important treatment drugs such as Valium or Xanax. It is unclear at this point if traditional addiction treatment will apply directly to bath salt addiction, or if there will be some other treatment aspect associated with this particular substance, such as therapy for drug-induced semi-permanent psychosis.
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Mephedrone Drug Law and When it Will (Probably) Be Made Illegal in the UK
At this moment in time, buying and possessing mephedrone is a lawful and legal activity, as the Misuse of Drugs Act does not currently cover mephedrone.
The area around selling it is a ‘grey’ one. Under the Medicines Act it is illegal to sell, supply or advertise mephedrone for human consumption. This is because it would have to pass various tests to be considered fit for human consumption. However, most vendors get around this technicality by labeling the drug as ‘plant food’ or ‘research chemical’ and by stating it is ‘not for human consumption’.
This means that if you buy it in bulk and then sell it on the understanding it is to be taken as a recreational drug then you would be breaking the law. Stick the label ‘plant feeder’ and ‘not for human consumption’ on it and your act is lawful. You must also make sure that you receive no information that the buyer may be intending to use it for human consumption as this would also mean you are breaking the law. If you suspect that anybody is intending to use it for such reasons then you must refuse to sell it to them.
Thus far, mephedrone has been outlawed in several countries including the USA, Australia, Denmark, Sweden, Israel, Germany & Norway, but it doesn’t seem likely it will be made illegal in the UK, where it is sold openly through numerous websites as plant feeder, for quite some time.
Should it be made illegal at all? The case for a ban is as follows.
There is a growing concern about the lack of clear information on the risks and possible side effects of the drug. No long-term research has been conducted on it because it has only been on the scene for about 18 months, although it has been known to the scientific community for little under a decade.
The lack of information is due mainly to the speed with which mephedrone has shot from niche chemical to recreational drug status, thus taking health authorities by surprise.
Lack of understanding of the possible long term side effects of using the drug has led to the government’s Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) being asked to research the harms linked to legal high’s such as mephedrone.
Herein lies the reason why it will probably take at least six months to a year for the drug to be banned. The ACMD is due to Mephedron (4-MMC) zum Verkauf online report to the Home Office in March later this year. However the process is likely to be delayed due to the recent sacking of Professor David Nutt, the committee’s former chairman, which also sparked the resignation of five of his colleagues.
The only way to speed up legislation to outlaw the drug is for the EU agency, European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction to produce its own report on the health risks associated with using the drug. This could then be used as a blueprint to help speed the process up once the ACMD group has been rebuilt.