Lawmakers consider ban on stimulant sold as bath salt

Posted March 1, 2011

— The latest household item being abused by people looking to get high can be found in the bathroom. It's called methylenedioxypyrovalerone, or MDPV, but it's more commonly known by its various brand names – Serenity, Cloud 9 or Ivory Wave – packaged as bath salt.

It's legal in most states, but when abused, it can be addictive – even fatal.

North Carolina lawmakers are considering a bill that would restrict the sale of these products. Senate Bill 77 would add MDPV to the list of Schedule I controlled substances that are currently illegal to possess, manufacture, sell and deliver under state law.

"Anytime there's something you can buy at a convenience store that is more harsh and damaging than cocaine, God knows the state Legislature needs to do something about that," said state Sen. Stan Bingham, R-Davidson, who introduced the bill.

Health officials say more and more people are snorting, smoking or injecting the synthetic stimulant for a cocaine-like high that can produce hallucinations. The problem is becoming so widespread that the White House is looking into it.

"At a time when drug use in America is increasing, the marketing and sale of these poisons as 'bath salts' is both unacceptable and dangerous," said White House Drug Policy Director R. Gil Kerlikowske in a statement released earlier this month.

According to the Carolinas Poison Center, there are 57 documented cases of MDPV abuse in the state, dating back to October, but no known fatalities.

Last month, the Senate passed another bill that would ban a similar synthetic stimulant called mephedrone that is also found in bath salts as well as some fertilizers.

Last week, a Willow Springs mother was arrested after her toddler tested positive for cocaine. Arrest warrants state that Dana Marie Crawford, 25, was hallucinating from taking mephedrone when she was arrested and that she "thought snipers had shot a hole in the baby."


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  • HeadPro Mar 2, 2011

    Actually FamMon... I'm referring to Jesse's love of a good Conspiracy Theory and the zeal with which he pursues his version of the truth. Perhaps you've heard of his show on TruTV... "Conspiracy Theories." But back to your obvious support of Jesse's statement you quote "drug addiction should be treated medically, not criminally." I assume you're trying to address my comment in which I state that addiction is not a disease. If so, I fail to see the connection you're trying to make in order to justify your aforementioned statement. As for your reference to eugenics, the possibility of improving the qualities of the human species or a human population, especially by such means as discouraging reproduction by persons having genetic defects or presumed to have inheritable undesirable traits (negative eugenics)or encouraging reproduction by persons presumed to have inheritable desirable traits (positive eugenics)just speaks to man's (and your) arrogance in trying to play God with nature.

  • soapbox Mar 2, 2011

    It gets pretty tiresome wading through all the comments from whiners ranting on and on about big government, taxes, laws, loss of freedom, etc. etc. Let’s take a poll. How many of you whingers get off GOLO long enough to write to your representatives about issues which concern you? How many have joined a grassroots campaign? Been to a town hall meeting? Run for public office? Volunteered for a candidate who HAS got the cahones to run for office? How many of you even vote? This is America. It’s a democracy. Love it or change it. Quit sniveling, get off your fat, lazy bum and make a difference. Or move to some feudal, backward, totalitarian country where you’ll REALLY have something to bleat about.

  • haleibc Mar 2, 2011

    Lets ban burping. That second hand gas stinks.

  • FamMon Mar 2, 2011

    rocker96! Awesome!

  • I Change This Name Daily Mar 2, 2011

    If you want to hang out
    You gotta take her out
    If you want to get down
    Down on the ground
    She don't lie She don't lie She don't lie MDPV.

    If you got bad news You want to kick them blues MDPV. When your day is done and you got to run MDPV. She don't lied She don't lie She don't lie MDPV.

    If your thing is gone and you want to ride on MDPV. Don't forget this fact You can't get back MDPV. She don't lie She don't lie She don't lie MDPV.

  • 6079 SMITH W Mar 2, 2011

    Lawmakers ain't got enough to do, huh? Let it alone, natural selection always prevails. ;)

  • FamMon Mar 2, 2011

    "Interesting. So... you think you know better than Mother Nature how life should and shouldn't evolve on planet Earth? --HeadPro"

    You are referring to natural selection, while my comment used the word eugenics. They distinctly different. Do your homework, lad. Also, I was more offput by the original posters cavalier, nay cold, attitude toward drug-induced death among our young.

  • Hans Mar 2, 2011

    "frank costanza uses serenity now"

    Let's bad that, too. THINK OF THE CHILDREN!!!!!

  • I Change This Name Daily Mar 2, 2011

    frank costanza uses serenity now

  • Hans Mar 2, 2011

    Maybe we should think about creating a new federal agency to combat this national epidemic before it's too late.