Pennsylvania Governor, Tom Corbett signed into law senate bill, a ban against synthetic drugs marketed as “Bath Salts“,”K2” and “Spice“. The abuse of synthetic drugs earned its popularity in the United States in the early 2000’s. Herbal incense products mixed with synthetic cannabinoids sold in tobacco shops and other special stores are clearly not for human consumption, which contain JWH style synthetic cannabinoids that mimic the effects of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the key ingredient in marijuana. Bath salts referred to as fake cocaine sold under a variety of names such as “ivory wave”,”purple wave”, “vanilla sky” and “red dove” just to name a few, contain amphetamine like compounds such as MPDV ( methylenedioxypyrovalexone), mephedrone and pyrovalerone that possess stimulant like effects. Consumption of synthetic drugs proved to have harmful psychological effects on the brain and can be deadly. Prior to the ban by legislators in over 32 states including Pennsylvania, these drugs were legal and easy to buy and sold in specialty stores and had no age restrictions to buyers including teenagers.
Synthetic drugs easily accessible by teenagers who abused these drugs posed a threat to themselves and raised concern in the community prompting the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to place an emergency ban on five identified synthetic cannabinoids, used to manufacture “K2” and “Spice”. The DEA will further investigate these synthetic chemicals used to manufacture “bath salts”, “K2” and “Spice” until they are potentially scheduled under the Federal Analog Act. In Pennsylvania, the ban of synthetic compounds outlaws the sale, possession and use facing a maximum sentence of five years and a $15,000 fine.
For more information about the abuse of synthetic drugs, visit The National Institute On Drug Abuse (NIDA).