Drug Policy

DEA Plans to Ban Imitation Speed

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Yesterday the Drug Enforcement Administration announced that it plans to impose an "emergency" ban on three chemicals used in pseudo-speed sold as "bath salts." The ban, which will take effect in a month or so, covers mephedrone, methylone, and methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV). By comparison, a "bath salt" ban proposed by Rep. Charles Dent (R-Pa.) names 15 chemicals, and I'm guessing that, as with synthetic cannibinoids, there are many more—all of them less researched and potentially more dangerous than the prohibited stimulants for which they are substitutes.

More on imitation speed here.