Federal Government Working To Deem Bath Salt Ingredients Illegal

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By: / June 5, 2012

Looks like the zombie invasion is over before it even began! Methylenedioxypyrovalerone—the main ingredient used in the street drug “Bath Salts” that made one Miami man eat off the face of another man—will soon be illegal, if the federal government have their way.

According to CBC News, The drug started popping up in Canada a few years ago. Users typically snort, smoke or inject the drug, and experience effects similar to the kind of high users get using amphetamines.

It’s also being reported that bath salts contain amphetamine-type stimulants including MDPV, which is currently not regulated under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. It is considered a synthetic cathinone, chemically similar to what occurs naturally in the khat plant.

Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq announced Tuesday that the government will list MDPV on Schedule 1 of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. That’s the same category as heroin and cocaine, and regulating it will make possessing, trafficking, importing, exporting and producing MDPV illegal, unless authorized. She said in a statement, “This will make it harder for people to deal in or even manufacture these so-called bath salts.”

Now don’t get confused with the “bath salts” you see in your bathroom closet. Aglukkaq also states that, “These are not typical household bath salts, they are not the Epsom salts or the scented crystals that you will find in many Canadian homes and pharmacies. These are drugs, serious drugs.”

The public will have until July 10 to comment on the proposal to ban MDPV and the government says unless new evidence about the chemical comes to light, it will be illegal by this fall. It is already banned here in the United States and other countries.