Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Sen. Schumer seeks to ban drug marketed as bath salts

Senator Charles Schumer is working on adding New York State to the list of states -- which include Florida, Louisiana and North Dakota -- that have declared mephedrone and methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) illegal.

According to Schumer, as quoted in the Reuter's article "Senator moves to ban drug sold as bath salts" -- written by Jonathan Allen, edited by Barbara Goldberg and Jerry Norton, and published on Monday, Jan. 31 at 11:45 a.m. ET -- these substances, which are sold as bath salts, "contain ingredients that are nothing more than legally sanctioned narcotics, and they are being sold cheaply to all comers, with no questions asked, at store counters around the country."

Mephedrone and MDPV are described as being similar to meth and having euphoric and hyper-energetic effects on those who use them. Because of their effects on users, both drugs have been banned in the European Union (EU), Australia and Israel.

Allen cites the EU as having reported that "there was limited scientific evidence on the effects of the drug . . . but that there was sufficient evidence of its health risks to support a ban."

Click here to read the full article.

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