Bath Salts and Other Synthetic Drugs (Compact Research Series)

Bath Salts and Other Synthetic Drugs (Compact Research Series)

Language: English

Pages: 96

ISBN: 1601525168

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

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law was hailed as the answer to an out-of-control synthetic drug epidemic, not everyone was happy with it. One critic was Glenn Duncan, executive director of the Hunterdon Drug Awareness Program in Flemington, New Jersey. Duncan, who has extensively researched synthetic drugs, criticized the Synthetic Drug Abuse Prevention Act for being a watered-down version of what was needed. Of the seventeen synthetic cathinones the DEA wanted banned as Schedule I controlled substances, only two were covered

place since 1986 was designed to address this sort of problem. The Controlled Substances Analogue Enforcement Act outlaws drug analogues, meaning substances that are chemically similar to banned drugs. The law uses A major chalthree factors to define analogues: The lenge faced by chemical structure is close to the chemlegislators when ical structure of a controlled substance; passing synthe drug’s effect on the central nervous thetic drug laws system is the same or greater than the is how quickly

categorize three synthetic cathinones (used to make bath salts) as Schedule I substances. December 2011 The US House of Representatives approved legislation that bans certain synthetic drugs. July 2012 The US Congress passed the Synthetic Drug Abuse Prevention Act, and President Barack Obama signed it into law. Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, “Will They Turn You into a Zombie? What Clinicians Need to Know About Synthetic Drugs: Trainer Guide,” September 25,

clearly an attempt to disguise the true nature of the substances, which act as stimulants on the central nervous system. the term “bath salts” originated, although it was obviously an attempt at camouflaging the true nature of the substances. Bath salts are synthetic versions of cathinone, an organic stimulant that comes from the Catha edulis plant, better known as khat. This flowering shrub is native to East Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, and for centuries its leaves have been chewed or

www. 49. Quoted in Howard Owens, “From China White to Bath Salts, Designer Drugs Ongoing Public Safety Challenge,” Batavian (Batavia, NY), July 24, 2012. 50. Quoted in Marder, “The Drug That Never Lets Go.” 51. To the Maximus, “NEW Federal Synthetic Law!!! Sellers, [Manufacturers] and Distributors Are Going to Prison,” July 10, 2012. 52. To the Maximus, “NEW Federal Synthetic Law!!!” 53. Tad A. Nelson & Associates, “New

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