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Bondi bans dangerous ‘bath salt’ drug

by Dara Kam | January 26th, 2011

Attorney General Pam Bondi has criminalized the sale and possession of a dangerous synthetic drug cocktail being sold as bath salts that apparently gives users super-human strength.

Bondi issued the emergency order making the drug – Methylenedioxypyrovalerone or MDPV – illegal in time for spring break in the Panhandle, where law enforcement officials say they’ve seen a rash of overdoses caused by the drug.

The drug allegedly makes “you think you are seeing monsters and makes you think you can fly,” Bondi told reporters this afternoon.

“There are a lot of balconies out there,” she said.

The drugs, sold under the name Vanilla Sky, Ivory Wave, Ocean Burst and Bolivian Bath, are sold at convenience stores, head shops and other retail outlets in malls, Bondi said, for $30 and up.

The substance is usually snorted and sometimes injected, Bay County Sheriff Frank McKeithen, who brought the drug to Bondi’s attention last week, said.

McKeithen said it 11 law enforcement officials were unable to control a man high on the drug who “tore the radar unit out of the vehicle with his teeth.” In another incident, a young woman tried to behead her mother with a machete because she believed she was a monster, McKeithen said.

Bondi’s emergency order will last 90 days, giving lawmakers time to outlaw the bath salts during the legislative session that begins March 8.

Bondi said she received a letter from McKeithen Friday and issued the order today.

“I frankly had a nightmare last night that someone was going to overdose on this and we hadn’t done anything,” she said.

Senate President Mike Haridopolos, R-Merritt Island, stood beside Bondi at the press conference late this afternoon, said that lawmakers would “act quickly” to permanently ban the substance.

He praised Bondi for her quick action. “This is what leadership is all about.”

In Louisiana, Gov. Bobby Jindal outlawed the bath salts by an emergency order after the state’s poison center received more than 125 calls in the last three months of 2010.

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6 Responses to “Bondi bans dangerous ‘bath salt’ drug”

  1. Johnny Lightning Says:

    Dammit man. I guess I’ll leave the Superman outfit in the closet this spring.

  2. Jason D. Kozdra Says:

    Sorry. Can’t believe that some guy actually tore a radar unit out of a [police?] vehicle with his teeth.

    Sounds like a fifth grader wrote this article.

  3. Ron Persaud Says:

    “There is no safe chemical; only safe ways of using chemicals”
    Banning a product under these circumstances will:
    Heighten interest and curiosity in it.
    Drive an underground and illegal trade in the product.
    Stimulate clandestine and dangerous production of the banned product.
    The ban was initiated by an Attorney General whose political philosophy seems to be aligned to a party that abhors “Government Intervention” in the life and style of its citizenry.

  4. hear say Says:

    how about an order to stop the sale of cigarettes and alcohol. I may be wrong but i know some people have jumped off balconies in Daytona Beach after the consumption of both.

  5. hear say Says:

    P.S.
    How about banning knives, Guns, Birth Control Clinics, cars, motorcycles, roller skates, bicycles, hospitals, jails, pools, beaches, banks, loans, airplanes and so many other dangerous things out there.
    Our newly elected officials know what Florida’s biggest problem is lack of publicity and Advertising. Something that no one ever heard off is now promoted by our government. God help us.

  6. Mark Montgomery Says:

    I don’t believe any of the scare tactics being used all over the country against the bath salts MDPV and methylone, the media has just run with rumors and each news report exaggerates the horrors of these two drugs even more than the last. Set up a Google “alert” for MDPV and just read the reports, they will make you laugh. I bought a gram of methylone and a gram of MDPV, and they’re not cheap, with shipping they cost $42 a gram. I had to eat the entire gram of methylone to get a 3 hour buzz and half a gram of MDPV to get a lousy, jumpy high. These two drugs are too expensive to use to get high, you’re better off buying a gram of meth or cocaine. I was not impressed. Remember the old adage: “Don’t believe everything you read”. Mark Montgomery NYC, NY boboberg@nyc.rr.com

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