Putnam deputies issue warning about 'bath salts'

Published: Thursday, January 27, 2011 at 8:07 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 27, 2011 at 11:36 p.m.

Putnam County Sheriff's deputies went to stores on Thursday to inform retailers of a new rule regarding the latest substance of abuse — a drug being marketed and sold as "bath salts."

Illegal bath salts contain the drug methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV). Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi this week filed an emergency rule banning bath salts that contain the drug.

"I am pleased that Attorney General Bondi implemented measures to remove these designer drugs from our streets," Putnam Sheriff Jeff Hardy said in a press release Thursday. "It is unacceptable for companies to mask dangerous narcotics as common household products in order to legally market and sell them."

The rule makes MDPV a schedule I controlled substance and illegal to manufacture, distribute, sell or possess.

MDPV is an ingredient being used in products being sold as bath salts in smoke shops, over the Internet, in convenience stores and other retail outlets, the Sheriff's Office reported.

Street names include Vanilla Sky, Ivory Wave, Ocean Burst, White Rush, Pure Ivory and Bolivian Bath.

The drug can cause increased heart rate, nosebleeds, hallucinations, severe paranoia, seizures and kidney failure when ingested, experts say, and it has been linked to deaths in the U.S. and Europe.

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