Now, I guess, if you were so inclined, and stupid, you could make an argument here that we never really saw Beavis and Butthead do any drugs on the actual show. To me, though, that just means that you have either never seen the show or have never done drugs before. The fact that they couldn’t show two cartoon characters doing drugs on MTV back then was most likely the reason for this, but the reason should have been that it would have been a waste of screen time. We clearly knew what was going on. I had not yet been introduced to the world of drugs and druggies when Beavis and Butthead was in it’s heyday, so I don’t know this for sure, but it almost feels like that the show so perfectly nailed two stoners hanging out that stoners who watched it felt self-conscious while being stoned, not wanting to act exactly like these cartoon characters. But then they would smoke another bowl, forget why they self-conscious, and then prove that no one nailed the youth of America in the early nineties better than Mike Judge. – RH 


Russel Brand is not a fictional character. He is also no longer a drug user. But his tales of his drug-filled path are so numerous, and hilarious that I felt he needed to be included. He’s best known for his role as Aldous Snow, the rehabilitated rock star, in Forgetting Sarah Marshall (That character is essentially just a characterized version of him); and for hosting an awards show on that shitty station that used to play music videos. In England, he’s a little more well known having done a variety of television shows, and being one of the leading stand up comedians. I think we’ll be seeing a lot more of him here very soon. Heroin was his drug of choice for many years, and much of his comedy is fueled by the lengths he went to obtain it, and the things he did while using. He details all of this in his autobiography “My Booky Wook“. Read it- I fell out of my chair in tears I laughed so hard. This may be the least funny paragraph I’ve ever written…but he isn’t! How could accounts of terrible drug induced rages, weeks of binging and dangerous sexual addiction not be hilarious! – MG


Shaggy, another cartoon character who we never saw actually smoke weed, was so obviously a stoner it’s amazing they got away with what they did. Shaggy remains one of my favorite stoners because the fact that he smoked weed didn’t define him. Smoking weed was just something he did. He wasn’t a chicken shit pussy because he smoked weed. He didn’t  solve mysteries just because he smoked weed. He did all of those things, and then also smoked weed. I was going to say he enjoyed 60 layer sandwiches apart from the weed, but that would be bullshit. He totally ate those sandwiches because he was high as fuck. – RH


Question: Do you know what dog food tastes like? Clue: It tastes like it smells. Answer: Delicious.

Tyrone makes a perfect druggie because he is totally and unabashedly shameless. Moreover, he doesn’t pal around with a bunch of different floozy drugs. His lady’s name is crack and she’s the only one for him. Apparently the best way to get as much crack as possible isn’t to earn money to buy crack at a job, or rob liquor stores, no, the way to get a lot of crack according to Tyrone is to learn how to do embarrassing, self depreciating dances in the street for change. But be warned, this is only an effective method to get crack or booze. It is not a way to earn money for any other pursuit. Why not? Wouldn’t the change earned be good for buying anything at all? We don’t know why not. Frankly, we don’t want to know. – BV


Jay and Silent Bob are two of the most well known ‘druggies’ of this generation. Since hitting the screens in black and white in 1994, they’ve come around every few years with their zany antics, and strange wisdom. To date they’ve existed on film, been animated, drawn in comics and in the written word. They are some of the most popular druggies in pop culture, though they’ve since been to rehab. They still continue to deal, which is pretty noble- making sure the dregs of society still get the fix they no longer partake in themselves. Hetero-lifemates they balance each other perfectly, with Jay’s  incessant, immature chattiness balanced by Silent Bob’s err….silence. Except when he imparts his world-wise advice on anyone who may need it. I spent a good chunk of my freshman year of high school in a long leather coat and a backwards hat trying to emulate Bob…never really could keep my mouth shut for long though. – MG


On November 3rd, 1990, the drug war had officially ended in America. Many programs were started, PSAs shot, and pamphlets printed to try and help end this war. But no one could have ever foreseen that the final nail in the coffin in the attempt to keep kids off drugs would be the single most realistic episode from the single most realistic TV show of all time: “Saved by the Bell”. The show already had a season under its belt, letting kids know that if you were to wake up in the morning, and your alarm were to give out a warning, it’s O.K. if you don’t think that you may not make it up on time. But all of these episodes were just light jabs compared to the Haymaker that was “Jessie’s Song”. Jessie Spano, our nation’s greatest hero and quite possibly the bravest person to ever sport a 9 pound Scrunchy, had it rough. She had to go to high school, and participate in a singing group. Sure, most kids her age went to high school, but to expect someone to go to high school and do something else? Impossible. So Jesse, the gentle, gentle soul that she is, cracked under the pressure, and began…I’m sorry, it’s still hard for me to talk about…the memories are still so real…began taking caffeine pills. Her friends reacted exactly like they should, by rushing to her at her lowest moment and knocking the pills out of her hand. They knew it was her lowest moment because she was so high on these caffeine pills she could not help but scream the song she was supposed to sing, “I’m So Excited” at the top of her lungs. Since then, doctors have declared caffeine pills to be the number one killer of stupid, stupid bitches. Thank-you Jesse Spano. You changed the world. – RH


I refuse to defend or even explain this pick. I will simply list some quotes from the movie and if you still want to disagree with us then I simply pity you.

-He got the wrath of the nunchucks yo!

-Yo Mister The Guy, did you kill my dog? No. I believe him yo. I don’t know why but I do.


-I love weed. I LOVE IT! But not as much as I love pussy.

-I wanna talk to Sampson! Fly me to the moon like that bitch Alice Crampton.

-Yeah, get me a box of condoms, and, what was that thing we used to eat back in the day? What was it… oh yeah, pussy.

-Oh my goodness! Now that is a titty! That’s what I’m talkin’ ’bout! Bully! That’s a certified fully!

Marijuana is not a drug. I used to suck dick for coke. Now that’s an addiction. You ever suck some dick for marijuana?

-First of all to understand what happened to killer, you gotta understand who killer the dog was. Now killer was born to a three-legged bitch of a mother. He was always ashamed of this, man. And then right after that he’s adopted by this man, Tito Liebowitz he’s a small time gun runner and a rotweiler fight promoter. So he puts killer into training. They see killer’s good. He is damn good. But then he had the fight of his life. They pit him against his brother nibbles. And killer said “no man that’s my brother, I can’t fight nibbles” but they made him fight anyway, and killer, he killed nibbles. Killer said “that’s it!” he called off all his fights, and he started doing crack, and he freaked out. Then in a rage, he collapsed, and his heart no longer beat. wow. – BV


First of all, look at that fucking picture.  That is frightening.  Plus, she’s on the subway.   Not good.  What made the character of Sarah Goldfarb in “Requiem for a Dream” so fucking stand-out was the fact that she seemed real.  Who knows heroine dealers?  The answer is people that do and deal heroine.  Who knows a mom that watches too much TV and might pop a couple pills?  The answer is everyone.  And while the punishments that the character’s various drugs doled out were all terrible, Sarah’s seemed especially cruel because she was so goddamn relatable.  This former mother of a drug dealer became an emaciated wreck, lost her mind and her hair and ended up in the fucking looney bin having completely lost touch with reality.  Can you imagine losing your hair?  It’s haunting. -JRN

You know, I’ve never been a big Cheech fan and whether it’s fair or not, I always compared him to Chong.  Tommy Chong was as likeable as he was high, which is to say extremely.  I always preferred his laid-back stoner to Cheech’s irritatingly hyper-aware pot head.  You know what Cheech wanted to do?  He wanted to talk about philosophy and the world and how big his hands were.  On the other hand, you have Chong, who probably just wanted to fucking veg out and eat hamburgers.  And while I’m not a stoner, I can deal with someone’s incessant need for hamburgers.  Plus, the dude makes fucking bongs and never sold out and became a fucking cop on a TV show with Don fucking Johnson.  Kudos to you, Tommy Chong.  Stoner through and through and the original American Sweetheart. – JRN


Hunter Thompson is a druggie’s druggie. He gets all weird and gonzo, generally fucks shit up, but he’s also a respected professional. Sometimes he’d speak at colleges and the kids would throw joints up on stage by the dozens. He would faithfully collect every one. Hunter’s big break as a druggie came when he discovered cocaine. Though he was initially unimpressed with the stuff, it eventually got its grip around him and also opened him up to other fun stuff like mescaline. Perhaps his most impressive druggie feat came in his fifty’s when doctors discovered that Hunter was likely on his seventh or eighth liver. Apparently, when one liver became so poisoned from drugs and booze, it would simple die and be absorbed/processed by the new liver. In case you’re not a big anatomy student, this is not normal. Of course, had he successfully purchased that monkey at Circus Circus, that would have gone down as his most impressive feat. – BV


Herbal Incense Sold in Rural Areas Now

NEW ULM – A new synthetic form of marijuana disguised as incense, is finding its way into rural Minnesota.

Kryptonite or K2, sometimes found in counterfeit forms, is advertised as incense by retailers. However, it creates a more intense high than marijuana, is too easy to purchase and not regulated enough, according to substance abuse workers and law enforcement.

Tobacco shops that sell products labeled “herbal incense” have raised the ire of substance abuse workers and drug task force officials.

Sam Tabate, owner of Smokes 4 Less in New Ulm, said the product his shop sells is an herbal incense, not intended for consumption, and that it is clearly labeled as such. He said it is a legal product in Minnesota, and that his shop strictly prohibits anyone under 18 from entering the shop, let alone purchasing anything. People are carded as soon as they enter the store, and if they are under18, they are told to leave.

“For them to say it’s incense is bull. It’s sold as incense but it is ingested,” said New Ulm Medical Center Substance Abuse Services Program Manager James Johnson Jr.

“We’ve had lots of problems with it up here,” Johnson said. “People get sick. It’s hard to detect. Tests are very expensive. Its composition can be changed. It’s not regulated, so anything besides cannabinoids could be in it. It’s cheap.”

Johnson said users smoke the incense by rolling it up like marijuana, adding it to tobacco, ingesting it by pipe or other means.

Minnesota and other 17 states have passed laws targeting certain compositions of certain synthetic cannabinoids (active marijuana compounds) found in herbal incense.

Johnson would like to see stiffer criminal penalties for retailers selling illegal substances.

“It’s only a $500 fine, which is not much of an incentive to not sell it,” Johnson said. “Eleven synthetic cannabinoids have been identified. Five were banned, leaving six still available. Manufacturers find ways to get around laws. Many people that use it are under age 18.”

He said a federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) story read that there are more than 100 versions of synthetic marijuana and designers stimulants.

Brown-Redwood-Renville-Lincoln-Lyon Drug Task Force member Jeff Hohensee of New Ulm said parents, especially of teenagers, should be made aware of the incense and talk to their children about its ill effects.

“Incense packages state it’s not for human consumption, but many young people, typically age 15-20, are abusing it,” Hohensee said. “I’ve talked to some kids on the street who said they didn’t like the high they got from it. Some people throw up or pass out from it. Others are hooked on it. We need to educate everyone about this.”

Hohensee said producers keep skirting the law by creating incense with new ingredients, which causes law enforcement to test retail products to see if they’re selling banned substances.

He said a Marshall tobacco shop owner was recently charged with a gross misdemeanor for selling incense with banned ingredients.

“I think the punishment is too weak, and the stuff is too easy to buy,” Hohensee said. “People are making such huge profits selling this stuff, they keep on doing it. Then it’s up to city councils to see what happens to their business license.”

Incense outlets advertise their products as a blend of natural, exotic botanicals and proprietary ingredients they claim have medicinal benefits.

Herbal Incense Spice Potpourri Reviews


After months of investigation, police in the Poconos say they’ve made a major drug bust at two local stores.

Officials executed two warrants Friday at the Old Village Trader in Mt. Pocono as well as Stogies Smoke Shop in Tobyhanna, according to police.

Mt. Pocono Region Police

In the search, police say they found the Old Village Trader was selling quantities of synthetic marijuana and drug paraphernalia, as well as possessing prohibited weapons. Police found over 50 stun guns, 77 glass pipes and 20 pairs of brass knuckles among other items in the store, according to officials.

The store’s owner, Vincent April, 54, of Mount Pocono, was arrested on charges of possession and intent to sell drugs as well as criminal conspiracy. Charges are also pending against a store employee, Vanessa D’Elia, 23, of Tannersville.

All together police seized $1870 worth of synthetic marijuana…

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Got this ugly package in the mail today. Opened up the box and found a small plastic bag with markings of a light white skull that looks like its smoke. You can see from the image that is posted in this blog.  The main color of the package is black and has white letter markings saying AFTERLIFE.

I opened up the package and was going to take the afterlife herbal incense and roll it up in a joint.  But i found out that i was out of rolling papers.  So i looked into the next room and went though my desk and found one pipe.  I aslo have a bong but i wanted to use my little glass pipe to smoke the afterlife herbal incense since this is my first time ever trying this type of legal high herbal incense.

Once i got the glass pipe all clean and opened up my bag of afterlife herbal incense i packed the pipe and then searched for my lighter to fire up this herbal blend.  I took my first hit and was like damn this taste like “Shit”.  The scent was very strong and tasted like i went in my moms kitchen and stole her cooking herbs.  This is some really crappy herbal incense.

So i just smoked this afterlife herbal incense and now sitting on my macbook pro to write this review for herbal incense reviews website.  I am just a fan of the website and found them last week and asked the admin if i could write a few reviews since i smoke a ton of herbal incense.

I am more then sure everyone how reads this will know its not written by a writer, but shit let me tell you this is the worst herbal spice i could have smoked to write a review on.  The problem is that it is the only thing i ordered and got in the mail today.  Many times once we start to smoke a blend of herbal incense we never want to change.  I would say its like people who smoke newport cigerates they never buy a pack of palmall’s.

I buy most of my herbal spice from this blend i did not i got from a different website.   Most of the time when i order from somenewincense i buy the Scooby Snax an also the Mad Hatter.  The Mad Hatter is amazing and burns alot slower and have less of a hashness to it when your burning it.  So i was asked to put a star rating from 1-10 on this blend of afterlife.

Thats not as easy to do as one my think.  Here is why, as i did not like it. After i smoked it i did get high.  It lastest about 25 min and seemed to be very short to me, but i was not super messed up therefor i would have to give it a 5/10.  Reason i am placing my rating so low is that i just have smoked so many better herbal incense blends that rocked the socks off my feet.  I have smoked the 10’s an this is not one of them.

Hope you enjoyed my review.  Have a great day!

Police make major synthetic drug, gun bust in Mt. Pocono, Coolbaugh


After months of investigation, police in the Poconos say they’ve made a major drug bust at two local stores.

Officials executed two warrants Friday at the Old Village Trader in Mt. Pocono as well as Stogies Smoke Shop in Tobyhanna, according to police.

Mt. Pocono Region Police

In the search, police say they found the Old Village Trader was selling quantities of synthetic marijuana and drug paraphernalia, as well as possessing prohibited weapons. Police found over 50 stun guns, 77 glass pipes and 20 pairs of brass knuckles among other items in the store, according to officials.

The store’s owner, Vincent April, 54, of Mount Pocono, was arrested on charges of possession and intent to sell drugs as well as criminal conspiracy. Charges are also pending against a store employee, Vanessa D’Elia, 23, of Tannersville.

All together police seized $1870 worth of synthetic marijuana, $1740 worth of drug paraphernalia and $1635 worth of weapons, officials say.

Later that day, officers executed a second warrant at Stogies Smoke Shop and found the store to be selling large amounts of synthetic marijuana along with other drug related items, police say.

Police say the investigation led them to a nearby home belonging to the store’s owners in Tobyhanna that was used as a “warehouse” for other drugs as well as firearms.

Store owners, Mohammed Feroz Khan, 32, and Abdullah Jabri, 38, both of East Stroudsburg, along with two employees, Farrukh Daniel, 46, of Tobyhanna and Mohammed Afroz Khan, 25, of East Stroudsburg, are facing a variety charges in connection with the bust, according to police. All four will be charged with criminal conspiracy and intent to distribute drugs.

At the store officials reportedly seized more than 90 scales, 415 “crack pipes”, 544 packages of synthetic marijuana, along with two hand guns, a shotgun and three rifles in the operation.

Overall, police took nearly $14,000 worth of synthetic drugs and $17,834 worth of paraphernalia being sold at the store.

Drug bust finds synthetic marijuana

Spice Drug Bust Herbal Incense

Four people have been released on bond after police served a search warrant at a home to find suspects attempting to sell synthetic marijuana known as K-2.

The bust happened at a home in the 1800 block of Parry Street in Beaumont last Thursday.

Narcotics officers say they seized just under a pound of the drug along with a pistol.

The news startles neighbors on Berkley Street which is just a block down from the home where the drugs were found.

People there say they want the drug operation gone because such an operation only draws more crime.

” It could bring guns, fighting, breaking in. It’s not safe, your not safe even behind locked doors,” 40 year resident Verna Payton said.

Chief Ron Hobbs with Jefferson County Narcotics says the synthetic marijuana also poses a problem though the way it affects the person who uses it by causing paranoia and erratic behavior.

But Chief Hobbs assures the citizens of Beaumont that his department will continue to fight the good fight to keep the drug off the street.

Columbus Police bust third business in one week for illegal gambling

 COLUMBUS, GA –    Columbus Police raid a third business in less than a week for illegal gambling.

Gurminder Singh (Source: Muscogee Co. Jail)Gurminder Singh (Source: Muscogee Co. Jail)

By Sara Belsole
Undercover agents raided Lucky Food Mart  on 13th Avenue around nine Monday morning after receiving tips of suspected illegal gambling.

Officials say the agents received a cash prize from the store’s gambling machines, which makes them illegal under Georgia law.

Agents seized nine gambling machines and 100 packets of synthetic marijuana or spice. But officials say that type of spice is still legal.

“The spice that we seized and had it sent to the crime lab and it is what you would consider spice, it is a type of compound that is yet not illegal in the state of Georgia. However it is a compound that comes under an emergency rule adopted by the Georgia Board of Pharmaceuticals on June 11 that allows law enforcement to seize the compound,” Captain Gil Slouchick says.

23-year-old Gurminder Singh was charged with commerical gambling, possession of tools during the commission of a crime and communicating gambling information.

Police raided Sunny’s Food Mart and Steam Mill Road Food Mart last week. Officials say Lucky’s does not have the same owners as the other businesses.

So far, no arrests in this case, but officials say they expect to make some soon.

Columbus police find gambling machines, synthetic pot in bust


Columbus police made another gambling bust Monday morning, this time netting 100 packages of synthetic marijuana along with nine gambling machines, authorities said.

Members of the Special Operations unit descended about 8:30 a.m. Monday at Lucky’s on 13th Avenue with search warrants stemming from an investigation, Capt. Gil Slouchick said. The search was part of an ongoing investigation into illegal gambling in Columbus that led last week to three arrests and the seizure of 15 machines between two different stores.

“We seized some gambling machines,” Slouchick said of Monday’s bust. “We also seized 100 packs of Spice.”

Spice is a name for what Slouchick called synthetic marijuana.

Columbus police made a bust Monday morning at Lucky’s on 13th Avenue netting 100 packages of synthetic marijuana along with nine gambling machines.


Local mother campaigns for national ban on synthetic drugs

While U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Bowling Green has blocked efforts to pass a law giving law enforcement in America “teeth” to deal with synthetic drugs, a Bowling Green mother, Amy Stillwell, is taking up the torch to see HR 1254 approved by the U.S. Senate and placed on President Barack Obama’s desk for his signature.

It’s a David vs. Goliath struggle, Stillwell admits, but one to which she is committed.

Stillwell still has nightmares about the time her now 19-year-old daughter, Ashley, took one hit off a synthetic drug and landed in the emergency room last year.

Ashley Stillwell was alive but unable to move for about 31⁄2 hours after smoking 7H. As she lay unable to move at a friend’s house, the people she was with discussed throwing her body into the Barren River. Given her state at the time, if that had happened, she would have likely drowned.

Ashley is a 2011 Warren East High School graduate and now a sophomore at Western Kentucky University studying psychology, sociology and criminology. She is an outspoken critic of synthetic drugs based on her personal experiences.

Several hours after Ashley took the synthetic drug, she remained lethargic, vomited and when she took a shower, she hit her head after she slipped and fell, her mother said.

“All of the synthetics have no quality control,” Amy Stillwell said. “They drug-tested her (Ashley) and nothing showed up.”

Synthetic drugs scare the Bowling Green mother and daughter. They have had speaking engagements all over southcentral Kentucky to warn others about the drugs.

Kentucky legislation approved this year has shut down many avenues for people to buy the drugs locally. However, a federal law could place a nationwide ban on the products and stop overseas manufacturers from sending the drugs into the country.

Obama is on board with the idea.

“Synthetic drugs like Spice, K2 and ‘bath salts’ are a serious threat to the health and safety of young people throughout America,” White House spokeswoman Joanna Rosholm said in an email to the Daily News. “The emergence of these synthetic drugs demands an aggressive response. As a result, the (Drug Enforcement Administration) has used its emergency scheduling authority to temporarily ban the sale of the chemicals used to manufacture synthetic drugs – and we support Congressional action to make permanent the ban on these dangerous drugs,” the email said.

Sen. Paul maintains that enforcement of drug laws should be a state or local issue, according to an email from Moira Bagley, Paul’s communications director in Washington.

“Paul raised objections to the legislation for a couple reasons. First, law enforcement of most drug laws can and should be local and state issues. As you may know, Kentucky has acted and made these substances illegal already,” Bagley said.

“Second, federal mandatory minimum sentences are harmful to the idea of true justice, and have been shown to be discriminatory against minorities (the Congressional Black Caucus has come out in opposition, too) as well as decrease the need for discretion and judges in general. It’s also worth mentioning that the (Obama) administration has the legal authority to make drugs Schedule 1 narcotics without Congress, as has been done before,” she said.

Paul told the Daily News in February that he opposed synthetic drug legislation because the federal penalties for drug law violations are “disproportionate” to the crime, and federal sentencing requirements don’t allow room for judicial discretion in sentencing.

“The main reason we are opposing this is someone could be kept in prison for 20 years,” Paul said in February. However, Paul also cites in Dec. 14 letter to two other senators the proliferation of Islam in the prison system among his arguments against federal measures to ban the substances.

HR 1254, also known as the Synthetic Drug Control Act of 2011, would amend the federal Controlled Substances Act, according to a Sept. 30 letter to U.S. Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner Jr., chairman of the House subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security, from Ronald Weich, assistant attorney general for the U.S. Department of Justice. The letter, Rosholm said, outlines the DOJ’s position on the federal legislation.

HR 1254 has passed the House but not the Senate. S3187, a U.S. Food and Drug Administration measure that the Senate attached to HR 1254 in a parliamentary maneuver, now awaits House passage. When the two legislative bodies can’t agree, bills often end up in conference committees to work out the sticking points.

Van Ingram, director of the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy, said the most recent state legislation approved, House Bill 481, targeted two groups of synthetic drugs – synthetic cannibinoids and synthetic cathinones. The first is what might be referred to as a “poor man’s” marijuana, less expensive in price but a very potent high. The second is a plant from Africa that mimics the kick of methamphetamine, complete with hallucinations.

“For now, the bill is doing its intent, but we have to stay vigilant,” Ingram said.

Bowling Green’s State Rep. Jody Richards, a Democrat who co-sponsored the state legislation, said he’s received “fantastic” feedback since the bill was signed into law April 11. “This gives law enforcement another tool,” Richards said. Some of the feedback has come from teens, the manufacturers’ target for the drugs, he said.

“They tell me how potent these drugs are,” Richards said. “These really cause people to do crazy things, want to hurt themselves.”

Richards said the state legislation closes loopholes synthetic drug manufacturers try to jump through.

“I think this is a really good law and the intent is right. This is a big issue in our community,” Richards said.

Tommy Loving, director of the Bowling Green-Warren County Drug Task Force, said a local ordinance approved by Warren County Fiscal Court eventually cut off the sale of synthetic drugs here.

“It appears we have gained a voluntary compliance on selling it in Bowling Green,” Loving said. Synthetic drugs are made from chemicals sprayed on plant material or induced into a crystallized form, he explained.

“Some communities say it (the new state law) is effective,” Ingram said. Two days after the new Kentucky law took effect, a large synthetic drug bust was successfully launched in Hopkinsville, he said.

Amy Stillwell said she is grateful to the Kentucky officials who banded together to get the state legislation approved. “I could never thank them all enough for what they have done for us,” she said. As to Kentucky’s junior U.S. senator Paul, she’s not near as laudatory.

“It (HR 1254) would have passed if Rand Paul hadn’t put a hold on it,” she said.

Synthetic drugs are killing children, she added. “We need a federal law to prevent things from coming in from other countries.”

Bath Salts and Spice in Santee and San Diego County

It’s legal to possess, legal to use, but illegal to sell- the drug war is taking a non-incarceration stance on synthetic drugs known as bath salts and spice.

A recent assault in which a man in Florida reportedly gnawed on another man’s face while under the influence of bath salts brought renewed national interest to this new class of drugs which contain amphetamine-like chemicals.

But, the Santee Sheriff’s Department said that bath salts aren’t a huge problem in Santee. It was also noted at a recent COMPOC meeting that Santana High School has seen a serious decline in possession of the drug on campus.

AB 486, authored by Assemblyman Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, went into effect last Oct. 9, making it illegal in California to sell, dispense, distribute, furnish, administer or possess for sale synthetic stimulants known as bath salts.

In February, San Diego County‘s district attorney and sheriff sent letters to nearly 100 businesses, warning of criminal or civil penalties if they ignore the state law banning the sale of synthetic drugs, including bath salts.

Only one sales violation has been found in Santee since the letters went out and a local compliance check will be carried out in the near future, the Sheriff’s Department said.

If a person is found to be intoxicated by these sythetic drugs while in public, the person can be detained by authorities for 12 hours for their own safety, but not arrested- the same punishment given if someone if found to be drunk in public, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

The state laws for bath salts include misdemeanor and civil punishments, according to the Sheriff’s Department penalties were kept less severe (not felonies) because of prison overcrowding and the recent burden put on local jails. As a result, a conviction for selling bath salts would likely result in a less severe punishment than marijuana sales.

The U.S. Military has also cracked down on synthetic drug use, if soldiers are found using bath salts they will be dishonorably discharged.

The American Association of Poison Control Centers received 6,702 nationwide calls about bath salts, last year, up from 303 in 2010.

“We want to be proactive to let San Diegans know how dangerous these drugs can be,” District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis said.

“Bath salts’ in particular have been linked to an alarming number of calls to poison control centers and scary emergency room visits.”

The synthetic drugs are believed to contain Methylenedioxypyrovalerone, or MPDV, a chemical that is not approved for medical use in the United States. Users feel alert, euphoric, and more aware of their senses, and side effects include agitation, paranoia, hallucinations, chest pain, suicidal tendencies, seizures, psychosis, high blood pressure, kidney failure, flashbacks, extraordinary strength, and extreme panic attacks and suicide, according to the Sheriff’s Department.