New York is taking steps to stop the sale of “Bath Salts” in head shops around the State. Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced that his office filed 12 lawsuits across the State of New York. During investigations, the Attorney Generals Office discovered that head shops were illegally selling and promoting dangerous synthetic drugs.
The designer drug, commonly known as “bath salts” or “synthetic marijuana,” came into the spot light after a incident involving a homeless man a few weeks back. The attacker was thought to be on this drug when he attacked and ate the homeless mans face. Recent tests have confirmed that the attacker was not on this drug. Following this incident, however, many news outlets have brought the designer drug to the forefront, and many feared a “Zombie Apocalypse.”
What makes this drug different than other drugs available is that it provides the user with psychoactive effects similar to those in substances obtained for illegal drug use, but these products are typically packaged with innocuous names and bright graphics to give the misleading impression that their use is harmless so they are being sold in head shops around the State.
What is really scary is that the Attorney Generals Office discovered that head shop employees were actually providing tutorials on how to use dangerous intoxicants and labeling these drugs with names like, ‘”MJ Blueberry Aromatic Potpourri”, “Bizarro,” “AMPED,” “VOODOO” or “Cali Crunch,” and marketing them with false descriptions such as “incense,” “butterfly attractant,” “glass cleaner,” “potpourri,” “sachets,” “dietary supplements,” or other common household products.”
Federal and State authorities have attempted to outlaw certain chemicals to remove these items from commerce, their efforts continue to fall short as the chemists and producers providing the products for head shops simply alter formulas and stay ahead of the legislation.
“Examples of the different types of reactions individuals have when under the influence of these dangerous concoctions take place throughout the state, include:
- In Jefferson County, a 22-year-old man crashed into several cars in an Olive Garden parking lot then told police he had smoked “Spice” before driving.
- In New York City, a 21-year-old film student leapt to his death off a Roosevelt Island balcony after smoking salvia, a hallucinogenic plant.
- In Oneida County, a 45-year-old man high on bath salts and covered in his own blood was arrested after police say he chased his neighbor and trapped her in her home.”