The government has banned three chemicals sold as "bath salts."
Most of us use bath salts in a hot tub to relax after a long or particularly stressful day, but there's been a growing trend of people using certain bath salts for more than just relaxation. Recently, certain chemicals have been sold as "bath salts," allowing people to inhale them and get what has been a legal high. But that's changing. The government has been watching the dangerous trend, and today listed three chemicals commonly sold as "bath salts" as illegal drugs.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) targeted Mephedrone (methylmethcathinone, also known as M-Cat, Meow, 4-MMC or Bubbles), Methylone (methylenedioxymethcathinone, also known as bk-MDMA, M1 or Explosion) and Methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV, also known as NRG-1) as Schedule 1 substances, which are the most restricted type of substance, according to WebMD. The banned drugs have properities of stimulants like meth and psychedlics like ecstasy. They are said to have addictive properities, as well.
Afraid that you have a banned substance in your bathroom? As long as you purchased bath salts from a large retail chain or a spa-specific outlet that sells bath salts for actual baths, you're probably OK. The bath salts in question are those sold mostly online and in head shops. Check your label to be sure, and — of course — don't inhale them.