After temporarily banning three man-made stimulants found in bath salts earlier this year, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has invoked its emergency scheduling ability and classified mephedrone, methylone and MDPV as Schedule I. The decision comes after emergency rooms have seen an increase of bath- salt-related visits with users displaying symptoms such as paranoia, psychosis and hallucinations.
The new classification will last for one year, providing the DEA and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services time to make permanent control recommendations for these substances. The Schedule I classification is the most limiting one, and contains other substances with a high potential of abuse and no medical use. Possession of a Schedule I drug can result in up to a 20-year prison sentence.
Despite the ban, one manufacture is already finding new chemical compounds to use in products that are not banned. The new product, promising effects similar to synthetic marijuana (also banned), will be a natural herb mixture with a certification stating it is compliant with the new law.
Learn how Working Partners is working with companies to keep bath salt related substance abuse out of the workplace.
The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) has issued a warning about a bath salt drug sold in paraphernalia stores and gas stations. The bath salts are made of legal substances such as 3,4-methylenedioxypyrovalerone and mephedrone. Though legal, they are said to produce effects similar to cocaine, ecstasy and methamphetamines. The salts have fallen through a crack – not approved for human consumption by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) but not banned by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
Some of the bath salt drug brand names include Ivory Wave, Red Dove, Bliss, and Vanilla Sky. The chemicals in these salts can lead to hallucinations, paranoia, rapid and irregular heartbeat, and suicidal thoughts.
Employers should be aware of bath salt drug abuse because employees can easily gain access to these drugs. Practicing good drug awareness is essential to find out which drugs employees may be using. Contact Working Partners to learn more about employee education and supervisor training classes to build drug awareness in your company.