Packets of white powder with names like Vanilla Sky, Ivory Wave, and White Rush are being sold in convenience stores and gas stations across the U.S., NPR reports. The packets are sold as “bath salts,” but are actually a drug that produces in users a meth-like high and sometimes violent behavior. Florida has joined Louisiana in banning their sale.
For law enforcement authorities, it is just the latest round in what’s becoming a familiar fight — one that in the past has involved synthetic marijuana, herbal ecstasy, salvia, and other legal highs. Bath salts have got the attention of Washington. The White House drug czar has issued a warning to parents. In Congress, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) plans to introduce a bill that would impose a nationwide ban.