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Jay Ansell, vice president of the cosmetics program for the Personal Care Products Council, has issued a statement in response to reports of human deaths and injuries related to drug-containing bath salts.
The salts, according to many reports, contain mephedrone and methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV), two drugs that have led to hallucinations, suicidal thoughts and paranoia. Although the sources of these drug-containing salts have not yet been traced (some believe they are coming from Europe), Ansell reported they are being sold over the Internet as research chemicals, plant food or bath salts. According to a report by the Washington Post, the drugs are sold legally in plant foods but are not being used according to the uses listed on the label.
Ansell stated, "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 druglike substance."
In addition, Ansell expressed concern that the recent reports surrounding the drug-containing salts may lead to consumer confusion. He assured consumers that these chemicals are not approved in the United States and furthered that the salts have been created to skirt drug laws, as has been the case in recent history.
“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, "said Ansell. "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,” Ansell concluded.