Drug Enforcement Administration, Office of Diversion Control, Drug & Chemical Evaluation Section – 2011
This fact sheet from the U.S. DEA outlines the dangers of the class of synthetic drugs known as “bath salts” and announces that their chemical components have been classified as controlled substances. Describes the chemistry and pharmacology of bath salts, noting their hallucinogenic and stimulant effects on the brain. Also notes reports of panic attacks and psychosis. Describes their popularity among youth. Warns of the drug’s false marketing as bath salts (and other street names), and describes labeling such as “not for human consumption” on packages sold in retail shops and over the Internet. States that MDPV and its components have been temporarily controlled in schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act.