Florida Lawmakers Discuss The Growing "Bath Salts" Problem

By: Alexandra Hill Email
By: Alexandra Hill Email

Bay County - MDPV is the active ingredient in so-called “bath salts.” When ingested, the psychoactive drug's effects can be 10 to15 times more potent than meth and cocaine.

The drug is currently legal to sell and possess in the state of Florida.

Louisiana is the only state to ban bath salts.

"The reality is the chemicals that are used to make these dangerous substances have no legitimate use other than to provide a high for their users. Make no mistake these are dangerous drugs, very dangerous drugs. We must get them off our streets,” said Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal.

But there is now talk of a potential ban.

"Although it is legal, it seems as deadly as some of the harder drugs that are facing our young people. So at this point, yes I would say I would support it,” said District 7 Representative Marti Coley when asked about a potential ban in Florida.

"We need to give our law enforcement officers the opportunity to arrest these idiots,” said District 5 Representative Brad Drake.

"This stuff is going to be bad for the area. It's going to be bad for public safety. But as we delve into it, if it requires some type of legislative action I’ll be happy to look into it,” said District 6 Representative Jimmy Patronis.

On Thursday, Bay County Sheriff Frank McKeithen hand-delivered cease and desist letters, requesting area businesses immediately remove the product from their shelves.

"One of the things I’d like to do is at least put some kind of injunction on the sale and distribution of it until there are some medical studies done on it to actually see what's causing the medical issues with it,” McKeithen said.

The problem is timing. Spring Break is rapidly approaching.

"A gun by itself is harmless, but a gun in the wrong hands could kill you. It’s the same thing as these products,” McKeithen said.

Since the Legislature doesn't meet until March, it would take an executive order from the governor's office.

Patronis said he's working with McKeithen on a letter to Attorney General Pam Bondi that may provide an immediate emergency solution.

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  • by McNab Location: Tampa on Jan 30, 2011 at 07:42 PM
    Actually, no one in the entire country has died due to any of the active compounds in these "bath salts." There isn't even any documented medical evidence proving the side effects cause lasting health problems. It's all just smoke and mirrors to make politicians look good, all while wasting our hard earned money. On the other hand, a yearly average of SEVEN overdose fatalities occur each day due to prescription pain meds handed out like candy at our local pill mills. His Honor The Governor shut down the department tasked with putting a leash on them, as one of his first acts in office! How nice of him, thinking of our citizens. Also, if anyone's interested in protecting innocent people that might "get in the way," we'll also need to ban alcohol, pain killers, anxiety meds, sleeping pills, cars, guns, etc, ad infinitum. Your safety can never be close to guaranteed as long as people possess free will. You can trade freedom for safety, but lobotomies are in order to be safe from others.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 23, 2011 at 10:10 PM
    They aren't bath salts. Who in their right mind would EVERRRRR snort bath salts. They're ADVERTISED as bath salts to get around FDA regulations. Blame the addicts and idiots, not the substance itself. Geez.
  • by what Location: next on Jan 22, 2011 at 10:48 PM
    This ban thing is stupid. because a few idiots went crazy and more went to hospital and a few died.////what about this lets see now um just a guess but thousands of of people have went crazy millions have went to hospital and hundreds of thousand of people have died. and oh wait thousands and thousand have murderd people taking a drug called------------alcohol. Just saying look at the figures im not saying not to ban this but im tired of all this drama over bath salt and spice what ever that is but of ALL OF THEM ANY OF THEM the worst one is on every shelf in the world come on !! peple do ingest alcohol and get sick and die AND KILL. but no one is concerned with a drunk or a kid getting alcohol poisining drunks arent idiots i guess ban them all! 3 grams in one night harry pothead i think your the idiot proves it with the name you use your the thing i want my m
  • by wow Location: PC on Jan 22, 2011 at 07:58 PM
    I actually have already been victimized by an addict that broke into my house. I believe every adult should be able to do anything they want as long as it DOES NOT directly affect others ( emotional attachments do not count, if they refuse to get better, then right them off! ). If these idiots actually do something to interfere with the lives of others then arrest them and keep them locked up. The person who robbed me was out amongst society with over a dozen felonies on his record! The issue I have is with blaming everyone and everything except the criminals.
  • by Here Location: Here on Jan 22, 2011 at 07:09 PM
    Wow, I somewhat agree with you, however its not just the users that are getting hurt. Its the innocent people that run into these idiots that concerns me. Yea if they want to take it and die thats fine, but we need to protect the innocent dont you think!
  • by wow Location: pc on Jan 22, 2011 at 10:36 AM
    I am amazed at this on 2 levels. First that people are ingesting bath salts to get high, second, the over-reaction ( once again ) about banning a product instead of educating or punishing the atypical users of this product. I bet if I drink a bottle of suntan lotion I'll experience some sort of hallucination also, should Hawaiian Tropic be banned, or would I just be a moron? Consider me insensitive ( I'm ok with it, I am insensitive ) but if people are are ingesting things just to get high and are getting sick or dying from them, isn't that sort of like culling the herd? The more intelligent of us will survive and procreate and the others......... you get the point. Don't just ban products that the vast majority use correctly just because we have idiots among us that have problems. If this ban happens what will be banned next, I don't use or think I have even seen bath salts but the actions of a few should not dictate the majority.
  • by Harry Pothead... Location: Blunts-Town on Jan 22, 2011 at 07:56 AM
    You know, I really hate to agree with some people... So I won't, a gun has uses these "bath salts" don't... I snorted 3 grams one night (cocaine is cheaper), and a day and half later when the invincible spiders quit crawling all over me, the roach eggs hatched out of my ears to begin round 2 of insect hallucination combat (and that was just the start). Anyway after a few weeks in a psychiatric facility (which I left still doing the "Thorazine shuffle"), I think I'll stick to good old fashioned weed...
  • by ranee Location: panama city on Jan 22, 2011 at 04:59 AM
    i dont understand why they make pot illegal,which is naturally grown,no chemicals, but have something like this on the shelves i have got my son to 18 with no coke or meth or any other drug like that, that i know of and now i have to watch him slowly kill hisself and there is not a damn thing i can do about it.i have spoken to my son left and right abouth the bath salt and all i here is mom its legal like tylenol,since i found out about what he was doing,i am unable to sleep because i am scared to death for my son.where is the fda in all of this.i hope someone helps before its to late,for my sons sake and so many other young adults
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