On Tuesday the Michigan Legislature gave their approval to bills that would ban
Spice, Bath Salts and other synthetic drugs. These bills would also give
the Department of Community Health the ability to declare health dangers when
other synthetic drugs become available. The bills are awaiting Governor
Snyder's signature and will take effect immediately.
For those that are not familiar with it
is labeled as a herbal blend,
marketed for home incense, but it is being used for much different purposes and
could have potentially dangerous effects. K2
sometimes marketed as synthetic marijuana, the effects can be 10 times more intense than those from marijuana. The dried
herbs come in 3-gram packages of various flavors, including "Blonde,"
"Pink," "Citron" and " ." Summit
K2 samples test positive for synthetic cannabinoids JWH-018 and JWH-073, developed in the mid-1990s by
conducting lab experiments on mice to test the compounds' effects on the brain. Clemson
Bath Salts are a synthetic powder that is sold online and in drug paraphernalia stores under a variety of names, such as "Ivory Wave," "Purple Wave," "Red Dove," "Blue Silk," "Zoom," "Bloom," "Cloud Nine," "Ocean Snow," "Lunar Wave," "Vanilla Sky," "White Lightning," "Scarface," and "Hurricane Charlie." They contain various amphetamine-like chemicals, such as ethylenedioxypyrovalerone (MPDV), mephedrone and pyrovalerone. These drugs are typically administered orally, by inhalation, or by injection, with the worst outcomes apparently associated with snorting or intravenous administration. .These chemicals act in the brain like stimulant drugs (indeed they are sometimes touted as cocaine substitutes); thus they present a high abuse and addiction liability.
Doctors and clinicians at
poison centers have indicated
that ingesting or snorting "bath salts" containing synthetic
stimulants can cause chest pains, increased blood pressure, increased heart
rate, agitation, hallucinations, extreme paranoia, and delusions. U.S.