DEA Bans Bath Salts
The Drug Enforcement Agency will invoke emergency control
The United States Drug Enforcement Agency announced today that it would ban drugs known as bath salts for at least one year, according to a release from the agency.
"The imminent action by the DEA demonstrates that there is no tolerance for those who manufacture, distribute or sell these drugs anywhere in the country," DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart said in the release.
At least one South Carolina county already outlawed bath salts, which can cause extreme paranoia, violent episodes and other long-term issues. The drug can currently be purchased at head shops and online for less than $20.
Richland County Councilman Seth Rose planned to propose a ban for Richland County. Because the DEA ruling makes bath salts illegal nationwide, such action may no longer be needed.