Bath Salts Latest Drug to Sound Alarm

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But the little packets of powder, with names like “Ivory Wave” and “Vanilla Sky,” were never intended for the tub, and they’re not among the fragrant samples in the bath and body shop at the local mall. The “bath salts,” are powerful synthetic stimulants, designed to be comparable to cocaine or methamphetamine, and with similar risks, law enforcement and health officials say.

But unlike cocaine or meth, the stimulants are legal in most of the United States, at least for now, selling for about $25 to $40 a packet online and in convenience stores and head shops.

They’ve become the latest designer drug to raise alarms, as enterprising chemists find ways to stay a step ahead of drug laws.

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-bath-salts-20110128,0,6453748,full.story

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