The Los Angeles Police Protection League is in a lather over the growing use of so-called “bath salts” — the new synthetic street drug — and has joined a wash of warnings in the wake of audio released this week allegedly involving synthetic drugs and the bank executive who claims he was beaten by the LAPD.
The LAPPL’s post follows an L.A. Times story earlier in the week noting nationwide poison control centers statistics regarding calls about synthetic drugs.
A White House-issued “Synthetic Drug” fact sheet cites the number of calls related to bath salt exposure “increased by more than 20 times in 2011 alone, up from 304 in 2010 to 6,138,” according to the American Association of Poison Control Centers.
A federal ban on synthetic drug ingredients MDPV (methylenedioxypyrovalerone) and mephedrone was signed by President Obama in July.
The warning below was issued Tuesday by the L.A. County Department of Public Health: