Canada is a great country but we probably have more laws than you can think of. Some Canadian right now is breaking a law that he/she did not know existed. That being said. This is a story on the futile and horrific war on drugs. As soon as you ban a substance another one more powerful will come into the marketplace. This is how heroin was created: They made opium illegal, after the British fought a war with China over the right to sell opium (I know, it does not make sense) so some clever chemist came up with morphine (more powerful than opium). So they made morphine illegal. They came up with heroin (more powerful than morphine). You get the idea.
Today, the controlling powers that be are fighting a losing battle. As soon as you ban a substance a more potent one will come up. Hence this story about bath salts that are competing with cocaine as a cheap and powerful stimulant.
A new street drug has Ottawa police on alert and working hard to learn more.
Police say an illegal powder known as bath salts, is a new drug trend that could soon be seen in Ottawa, even though no seizures have been made in the capital.
The powerful hallucinogenic is also known by the name mephedrone and is reported to cause anxiety, delusions and dangerously high blood pressure, as well as occasionally violent behaviour.
Containers of bath salts sit on a counter at Hemp’s Above in Mechanicsburg, Pa., in this January 2011 file photo.Containers of bath salts sit on a counter at Hemp’s Above in Mechanicsburg, Pa., in this January 2011 file photo. (Chris Knight/The Patriot-News/Associated Press)
Earlier this week, Ontario Provincial Police officers seized the drug in Arnprior, about 50 kilometres west of Ottawa.
Staff Sgt. Mike Laviolette said the drug is not yet under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act because it is new. The drug is being tested and investigated, however.
“It comes in various forms, various colours, it’s sold commercially under a myriad of different names,” Laviolette said, “It’s certainly all chemical, so it’s a synthetic drug that’s ingested by various means. You can either smoke it or snort it or inject it.”
Bath salts popular in England, U.S.
Bath salts are popular in England and the U.S. and are now starting to show up in Canada. The drug is among several new synthetic designer drugs sold online or in small shops as actual bath salts or plant food.
They are packaged as “soothing bath salts” to get around U.S. federal laws and are also marketed as plant fertilizer.
The drugs are marketed under names such as Cloud 9, Ivory Wave, Vanilla Sky and White Rush and are sold over the counter in states that haven’t banned them.
- Colorado Lawmakers Weigh Punishment For ‘Bath Salts’ (denver.cbslocal.com)