When I was growing up, there was a fantastic TV commercial that featured a harried woman. She was pulled in every direction until she finally screams, “Calgon take me away!” The next shot she is smiling in her bath tub as a voice over discusses all of the benefits from using Calgon bath salts.
Welcome to the 21st Century where bath salts go on a list of drugs just like methamphetamines and crack cocaine.
Following the suspected overdose death last month of a downstate woman from taking a new synthetic drug marketed as bath salts, the Illinois House tonight sent the governor a ban on the product.
If Gov Pat Quinn signs the legislation, which passed the House 112-0, Illinois will become the 11th state to ban the synthetic drug methylenedioxypyrovalerone, or MDPV. The drug is sold legally over the counter at convenience stores and tobacco shops across the state. Packaged as bath salts and labeled "not for human consumption," MDPV gives users a hallucinogenic high similar to methamphetamine or ecstasy.
At what point do we try to stop legislating folks' ability to get high?