|Bristol Tennessee Police Department|
Synthetic Cannabinoid (Bath Salts):
An Emerging Domestic Threat
Law enforcement officials throughout the country are reporting that products promoted as bath salts have become prevalent as a drug of abuse. Bath salts have recently appeared in some of the same retail outlets that previously sold synthetic cannabinoid products such as K2 and Spice, and also are available via the Internet. Bath salts are abused as recreational drugs typically by injection, smoking, snorting, and, less often, by the use of an atomizer. Effects include agitation, an intense high, euphoria, extreme energy, hallucinations, insomnia, and making abusers easy to anger. Preliminary testing indicates that the active ingredients in many brands contain MDPV (3,4-methylenedioxypyrovalerone) and/or mephedrone.
The City of Bristol Tennessee is in the process of a City Ordinance, which will help law enforcement get a grip on the bath salt problem. The Police department is working together with the Tennessee District Attorney's Office and the Tennessee State Legislators to get State Legislation passed that would make the possession, distribution, and sale of any synthetic drug a felony offense.
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