Bath salts seem to be the hip-to-talk-about drug of the moment, but they don't deserve to be criminalized more than any other drug.
I always feel regulating something is better than illegalizing. Straight up illegalization only creates criminals.
Cassie what do you think of Bora's q: So, how does one tell the kids about these drugs without making them sound harmless and appealing?
They were classified as a Schedule 1 illegal substance back in October, so it's likely that another chemical form will enter the market. This is what happens with most synthetic drugs. they have short life spans because they're made illegal. I think educators should call these what they are--stimulants, and discuss them along with cocaine and methamphetamine. Perpetuating names like 'Hurricane Charlie' only makes them sound more cool and alluring.
So what about the makeup of the drugs makes people go crazy? I've experienced people who were using and literally were acting psychotic.
Chemically, Cassie, isn't a bigger concern the possibility of toxic intermediates in the products from shoddy syntheses?
@david, absolutely. There are larger toxic dangers in the creation of these substances that could be promoted.
I think discussing how they're marketed is a good thing, but to always call them what they chemically are is important.
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