“Bath Salts”- The Newest Synthetic Drug in Virginia

While drug manufacturers continue to dance around new laws, Virginia police say that the ban on the sale or use of "bath salts" covers any and all changes to the product. The "bath salts", sometimes advertised as Ivory Wave or Bolivian Bath, were commonly available in smoke shops and convenience stores in Va. and across the nation. 

What are "bath salts"?

"Bath salts" are not for use in the bath, nor do they contain salt. While the formula of this drug changes regularly, most of the now illegal bath salts are made of MDPV (methylenedioxyprovalerone).  However, according to Zane Horowitz, MD, the director of the Oregon Poison Control Center, "Nobody really knows, because there is no way to test for these substances."

How are "bath salts" used and what affects do they have on the user?

"Bath salts" are taken in many forms.  Users may snort, shoot, eat or drink them.  The affects on users of the drug include:

  • Agitation
  • Paranoia
  • Hallucinations
  • Chest Pain
  • An increased risk of suicide
  • High bold pressure
  • Increased pulse

Are "bath salts" illegal in Virginia?

Like K2, or Spice, the chemicals that make up the "bath salts" have been banned in Virginia.  This means that, despite letters to store owners from the manufacturers, the salts are illegal in Virginia.  Thus far there has not been any federal legislation passed that would enact a nationwide ban on the drug.  If the drug becomes illegal nationwide, it would most likely be classified as a schedule I drug.

If I have been accused of selling or buying "bath salts" in Virginia is there anything I can do?

First of all, you will want to immediately seek the legal advice of an experienced criminal law attorney.  Only an attorney who works to keep up on current drug laws and trends can help you after an arrest.

For experience you can trust contact your Va. criminal law lawyer at Tavss Fletcher today for your free consultation.  Fight for your rights!  Call today. 1.757.625.1214