Statement by Jay Ansell, Vice President, Cosmetics Program, Personal Care Products Council, on Designer Drugs Being Erroneously Promoted as Bath Salts
“Two designer drugs, mephedrone and methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV), are being sold over the Internet as “research chemicals,” “plant food” or “bath salts.” These fake products have nothing to do with real bath salts made by reputable health, cosmetic and personal care products companies. Real bath salts do not contain mephedrone, MDPV, or any other drug or drug-like substance.
“The recent news report about the illicit distribution of mephedrone and MDPV has caused significant confusion for consumers. These drugs are not approved for use in the U.S and are related to chemicals, which are potentially dangerous, and have a high potential for abuse.
“Designer drugs like these are created specifically to get around existing drug laws, as in the case of the cannabis substitute Spice, sold as an exotic incense blend. Bath salts are the latest target for this type of exploitation.
“It is unfortunate that recent news reports are confusing the sale of illicit drugs with fake names and the actual bath salts that are safely used and enjoyed by consumers worldwide. Like all personal care products, authentic bath salts should be used only as directed.”