Synthetic Stimulants to Be Banned

Synthetic Stimulants to Be Banned

There is a new wave of street drugs whose use appears to be growing, but whose effects are proving disturbing enough for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency to ban their use until further investigation is conducted.

These drugs are mephedrone, methylenedioxypyrovalerone and methylone. When combined, they go by the street name of “bath salts” or “plant food.” They are also sold under the monikers Ivory Wave, Purple Wave, Vanilla Sky and Bliss.

However they are named, the DEA believes them to be a real threat to the nation’s public safety. Until the DEA put the ban on the sale of these substances, they were widely available in convenience stores, gas stations, cigarette shops and online. While some states (LA, FL and NJ) had attempted to ban the substances, they were unable to regulate online sales. Enter the DEA whose one-year ban on the chemicals makes it illegal to traffic them in any place and through any venue.

Effects of Bath Salts

Those who use “bath salts” and “plant food” take it almost any way they can: snorting, ingesting, smoking or injecting the chemical blend. Users say they experience a tremendous sense of euphoria along with enhanced sensory perception comparable to LSD, cocaine or ecstasy.

Users are also discovering that just like the drugs they resemble, these chemicals have a dark side, too. Emergency rooms and poison control centers across the country are reporting instances of significant paranoia, episodic violence, impaired motor function and altered perception connected to use of the drugs. Rapid heart beat (known as tachycardia), insomnia, tinnitus (ringing within the ear), chest pain and hypertension have also been reported as side effects of the drugs. Since the compounds are relatively new, the long-term psychological or physical side effects remain unknown.

Classification as Schedule 1 Drugs

That, of course, is exactly why the DEA has classified these chemicals as Schedule 1 for at least the next year. Drugs which fall under the DEA Schedule 1 classification pose a great risk for abuse/addiction and have no current medical use.

Over the coming year, DEA officials plan to conduct further investigation into the threat these substances may represent. DEA spokesmen say the ban (which prohibits possession or trafficking of the substances) highlights their strong commitment to maintaining safety on America’s streets.

The preponderance of drug abuse among younger and younger Americans is a matter of deep concern. Drugs similar to mephedrone, methylone and methylenedioxypyrovalerone have ripped families apart and been the ruin of neighborhoods and communities across the nation.

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