Following a groundswell of state bans on stimulant drugs sold at gas stations dubbed “bath salts,” the Drug Enforcement Administration will reportedly place a temporary ban on possessing and selling the drugs. The drugs, Mephedrone, MDPV and Methylone, are sold under names such as Bliss and Purple Wave and are said to cause hallucinations and spark violence in users.
Florida became the second state after Louisiana to ban sales of MDPV, a synthetic drug with effects similar to meth and cocaine that sellers are marketing as “bath salts,” NPR reports. They can be found in convenience stores and gas stations. Besides their high, authorities have said that the drug produces a psychotic break in their users, afflicting them with violent hallucinations. In one case, a man tore out a police radio from the car with his teeth. In another, a woman went after her mother with a machete, having confused her with a monster. Party time!