It seems that there are new ways to get high popping up everyday. From synthetic marijuana to household cleaners and chemicals, people are finding new and sometimes dangerous ways to get high. It seems that using bath salts as a drug is also gaining popularity. Recently, a woman in Oklahoma was arrested for allegedly selling bath salts even though they have not been outlawed there. Already three states have outlawed the sale of these bath salts and many more are trying to make them illegal.
As I pointed out in last week’s post, just because something isn’t illegal doesn’t mean you can’t get arrested for it. In addition, you can expect bath salts to become illegal in Pennsylvania soon which means sale and possession will result in a major criminal charge and driving after using bath salts will be treated as a PA DUI drugs or DUID charge. State Rep. Jerry Stern, has authored a bill that would add Methylone, MDPV and Mephedrone, the chemicals used in bath salts, to the Schedule I list of controlled substances. This means possession of even a small amount could results in jail.
Already bath salts have been link to a rampage by Northeast Pennsylvania couple, landing them in jail, and costing them custody of their 5-year-old daughter, after police said they nearly stabbed their daughter while hallucinating and believing that they were trying to kill the 90 people they said were living in the walls of their apartment. Police in Scranton charged a man with breaking into a monastery residence and attacking a priest with a knife after allegedly using bath salts to get high.
While the effects of bath salts have not been proven scientifically and there is not a lot of research into the pharmacodynamic effect, you can still expect lawmakers to cite these anecdotal incidents such as the above as evidence enough to ban the substances. If you are charged with a crime related to bath salts or a DUI drugs violation in PA, please call 1-866-MCSHANE.