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Wednesday
Mar022011

Watchdog Group Warns about Dangers of Designer Drugs

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(VIENNA, Austria) -- An international watchdog group is warning of the dangers of so-called designer drugs.

The International Narcotics Control Board says designer drugs created to dodge bans are in reality dangerous.  They're being produced more quickly and in greater numbers and the group urges governments to move in and make new substances illegal as soon as possible.

Sixteen such new drugs are currently being monitored in Europe.  Japan recently placed 51 under national control and elsewhere all over the globe, the numbers of these designer drugs is growing. 

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Sunday
Jan302011

Designer Drugs Masquerade as 'Bath Salts,' Worry Officials

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Across the country, chemicals that can commonly be found in things like pond scum remover and plant food are being smoked and inhaled with very scary results. While certain drugs like marijuana bring a high, these drugs can bring unintended hallucinogenic effects.

Health officials from the Gulf Coast to California have seen cases of people smoking drugs with names like "ivory snow" and "vanilla sky," that mimic symptoms of schizophrenia. Authorities say people on these drugs will see things that are not real, and in extreme cases, commit suicide, like one man from Louisiana who shot himself after smoking one of the bath salts.

The drugs are deceptively packaged because of their ingredients, but have still become highly popular.

In Louisiana, Gov. Bobby Jindal has placed a ban on the product.

"These drugs have crept into our communities and they are hurting our kids. We have to do everything in our power to protect our children and to make sure our streets are safe for our families. The reality is that the chemicals used to make these dangerous substances have no legitimate use other than to provide a high for the user. Make no mistake – these are very dangerous drugs and we must get them off our streets," Jindal said.

In the first week of January when Jindal made the announcement, the state had already seen 165 cases related to bath salt drugs, which represented over 50 percent of all cases in the country. Jindal has since contacted the Drug Enforcement Administration to ask for a federal investigation.

In a majority of states, however, these deceptive drugs are still legal. The DEA says while it can look into the drugs, it would take years to classify them as illegal. The drugs are still easily available online and in stores across the country.

While there is little the federal government can currently do, DEA officials say state bans may be the most effective method of combating this deadly problem.

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