'Bath salts' drug and ingredient to be made illegal in Canada

'Bath salts' drug and ingredient to be made illegal in Canada

Miami : FL : USA | Jun 05, 2012 at 2:31 PM PDT
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Due to the latest Miami incident, in which a man high on “bath salts” attacked another man and ate up his ear and lips, the federal government of Canada has decided to make methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV), the main ingredient used in the making of “bath salts,” illegal. Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq announced Tuesday that the government would list MDPV on Schedule 1 of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

"This will make it harder for people to deal in or even manufacture these so-called bath salts," Aglukkaq said at an event in Ottawa, according to a report on cbc.ca.

"These are not typical household bath salts; they are not the Epsom salts or the scented crystals that you will find in many Canadian homes and pharmacies. These are drugs, serious drugs," she said.

Making MDPV illegal will give police the tools they need to get the products off the streets, Aglukkaq added.

"Bath salts" causes severe hallucinations, high blood pressure, paranoia and other violent behaviors.

According to the Florida State Department, the cannibal man who attacked a man in broad day light was totally unaware of what he was doing to the other man. It should be noted that Police have reported such cases earlier also. The authorities believe that "bath salts" were the main drug ingested into the systems of the attackers.

During the past few months, suspected "bath salts" cases have included a middle aged man who broke into a neighbor’s house in Pennsylvania because he thought he was being chased by electricity, a man who put his girlfriend's apartment on fire and attacked the firefighters when they arrived, and a black man who assaulted a state trooper and was not affected when a stun gun was used on him.

Michelle Lincaster is based in Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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