Who knew bath salts could be so dangerous? Rep. Sandy Adams of Florida and Rep. Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania knew exactly how dangerous they were.
What exactly are bath salts?
Unlike the name states, Bath salts aren’t the beads you place in your bath water. Bath salts are a street name for a drug with several stimulants that can be snorted, injected, or swallowed. They have been documented to cause hallucinations, panic attacks, rising body temperature, and now inciting cannibalism.
Exactly how dangerous are they? The media has been engulfed with stories of the “Miami Zombies” and the “Miami Cannibals” after an incident in which one man chewed off another man’s face. Rudy Eugene stripped naked in Miami and began to eat the face off of 65 year old Ronald Poppo, before being shot to death. The toxicology results have yet to become public but it is speculated the “cannibal” was intoxicated on “bath salts”. Rep. Sandy Adams of Florida already knew how dangerous these ingredients were, in fact she authored legislation to make it illegal to consume and sell in Florida. The bill passed but because the law isn’t nationwide, the drug is still being trafficked into the state. Rep. Charlie Dent helped sponsor the bill to become a national law but it was stalled in the Senate after Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky) argued drug enforcement should remain a state issue.
As of now, the Drug Enforcement Agency has placed a temporary emergency ban on bath salts, only congress can place a permanent ban. Both the Senate and the House have passed separate bills relating to prohibiting bath salt ingredients, but the debate now is centered on which ingredients to ban and should a minimum use be set in place.
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