Bondi bans dangerous ‘bath salt’ drugby 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.