Teensavers is applauding the DEA, after the government agency decided
to temporarily ban possession and sale of three synthetic stimulants –
often marketed as “bath salts” – as dangerous chemicals that pose an
imminent hazard to public health.

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This is the full release from the DEA regarding the move:

DEA Moves to Emergency Control Synthetic Stimulants
Agency Will Study Whether To Permanently Control Three Substances

SEP 07 WASHINGTON, D.C. –
The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is using its
emergency scheduling authority to temporarily control three synthetic
stimulants (Mephedrone , 3,4 methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) and
Methylone).   This action was necessary to protect the public from the
imminent hazard posed by these dangerous chemicals. Except as authorized
by law, this action will make possessing and selling these chemicals or
the products that contain them illegal in the U.S. for at least one
year while the DEA and the United States Department of Health and Human
Services (DHHS) further study whether these chemicals should be
permanently controlled.
A Notice of Intent to temporarily control was published in the Federal
Register today to alert the public to this action. This alert is
required by law as part of the Controlled Substances Act. In 30 days or
more, DEA intends to publish in the Federal Register a Final Order to
temporarily control these chemicals for at least 12 months, with the
possibility of a six-month extension. The final order will be published
in the Federal Register and will designate these chemicals as
Schedule I substances, the most restrictive category, which is reserved
for unsafe, highly abused substances with no currently accepted medical
use in the United States.

“This
imminent action by the DEA demonstrates that there is no tolerance for
those who manufacture, distribute, or sell these drugs anywhere in the
country, and that those who do will be shut down, arrested, and
prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” said DEA Administrator
Michele M. Leonhart.  “DEA has made it clear we will not hesitate to use
our emergency scheduling authority to control these dangerous chemicals
that pose a significant and growing threat to our nation.”
Over the past few months, there has been a growing use of, and interest
in, synthetic stimulants sold under the guise of “bath salts” or “plant
food”. Marketed under names such as “Ivory Wave”, “Purple Wave”,
“Vanilla Sky” or “Bliss”, these products are comprised of a class of
chemicals perceived as mimics of cocaine, LSD, MDMA, and/or
methamphetamine. Users have reported impaired perception, reduced motor
control, disorientation, extreme paranoia, and violent episodes. The
long-term physical and psychological effects of use are unknown but
potentially severe. These products have become increasingly popular,
particularly among teens and young adults, and are sold at a variety of
retail outlets, in head shops and over the Internet.  However, they have
not been approved by the FDA for human consumption or for medical use,
and there is no oversight of the manufacturing process.
In the last six months, DEA has received an increasing number of
reports from poison centers, hospitals and law enforcement regarding
products containing one or more of these chemicals.  Thirty-three states
have already taken action to control or ban these or other synthetic
stimulants.  The Comprehensive Crime Control Act of 1984 amends the
Controlled Substances Act (CSA) to allow the DEA Administrator to
temporarily schedule an abused, harmful, non-medical substance in order
to avoid an imminent hazard to public safety while the formal
rule-making procedures described in the CSA are being conducted.

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