WHAT: So-called bath salts with labels such as Ivory Wave are being shipped to the U.S. from mysterious European sources. These powders contain powerful substances that have similar effects as methamphetamine.
WHY IT’S OUTRAGEOUS: The bath salts are not illegal, but they have caused an epidemic of reported hallucinations, paranoia, rapid heart rates and self-inflicted wounds. Federal bans of new drugs can take years to impose.
WHAT’S BEING DONE: Mississippi and Kentucky are preparing to ban the sale of these bath salts. Louisiana
already outlawed them by emergency order after the state’s poison center received more than 125 calls about their ill effects.