North Carolina Outlaws Sales of K2 and Bath Salts

Two popular synthetic drugs, K2 and bath salts, have been outlawed in North Carolina. The new law states that bath salts, which mimic the effects of cocaine, have a high risk of being abused, and have no currently accepted medical use in the U.S.

The law also states that K2, or ‘Spice,’ mimics the effect of marijuana when smoked, the Winston-Salem Journal reports.

Barbara Correno, a spokeswoman for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), told the newspaper that North Carolina has joined 17 other states that ban the sale and use of synthetic marijuana. She said that bath salts are more challenging, and added that the DEA is weighing whether to regulate bath salts on a federal level.

Figures from the American Association of Poison Control Centers show at least 2,700 people have gotten sick from synthetic drugs since January, compared with fewer than 3,200 in all of 2010. At that rate, medical emergencies stemming from synthetic drugs could rise nearly fivefold by the end of 2011. The drugs are suspected in at least nine deaths in the U.S. since last year.

3 Responses to North Carolina Outlaws Sales of K2 and Bath Salts

  1. Fern Webb | June 8, 2011 at 10:02 am

    North Carolina is doing the right thing banning K2 and Bath Salts. The bad news is, that retailers have other dangerous products that are very similar to sell in their place. In Asheville, we have a store that specializes in selling things like this and they can even instuct you on how to use them to get high. (Nice people! sarcasm) They were featured on the news filling the empty spots from removing the K2 and bath salts and filling them with the new and slightly altered products that skirt the ban.

  2. lisa | September 4, 2011 at 10:50 am

    i think that k2 or spice is a wonderful thing to have out there expecially for cancer patients that cant afford medical pot! I think that alot of people that have never used pot are all of a sudden useing k2 and they are getting high for the first times in their lives and they are freekin out because of the feeling! How they can outlaw a product that is sold as a incense and clearly states on the packege NOT FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION is beyond me. people also get high on paint should we take that off the shelves? no they dont take it off the shelves because that is not what it was intended for yet people still find a way to get high off it! the whole thing is so dumb to me that i get sick when i hear dumb people talk about how its dangerouse. do you want to know what is dangerouse? alcohol is the most dangerouse drug on the legal market and yet they allow that to be sold and they know it kills millions of innocent bystandards every year!figure that one out for me!

  3. 4Liberty | March 17, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    This is a basic “role of government” question. The proper role of government is to protect individual rights. I would understnad a Government requirement to label the products with information regarding health hazards associated with the product, but other than that, if people want to make choices that are harmful to them, what right do I have to stop them? If I dont have that right, than how can I pass the authority to my representative?

    The answer is, I cant, and they dont have that authority. No one has a right to force anyone else to consume or not consume anything.

    Commensurate to that right, you are also responsible for the consequences of your decisions and no one should be required to care for you if you do something you know is dangerous and get yourself all messed up.

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