Authorities in Maryland are initiating a ban that may start as early as Sept. 1 on the sale of synthetic drugs known as “bath salts”. Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, secretary of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH), has recently completed a six week study on the drugs and has declared them “dangerous”. He has asked for the immediate addition of the drugs to the state’s Schedule 1 Controlled Dangerous Substances list.
Because the substance is labeled as bath salts, they have been able to skirt federal drug laws. The product is available for purchase online and in stores, however, according to the DHMH, it was only found in 1% of stores in Maryland. Users of the “bath salts” smoke, inject, snort or eat them to get a high with similar effects as cocaine. The drugs have been shown to cause cardiac and circulatory problems, agitation, delirium, paranoia and psychosis. The Maryland State Poison Control Center is aware of 31 cases of “bath salts” poisoning and one death. The Maryland State Police Superintendent Colonel and the Governor of Maryland support the proposed ban.