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Bath Salts; What is Really Going on Here? UPDATE: Synthetic Drug Crackdown & “Debtors Prison”

7 Aug

'Spice' -- a designer synthetic cannabinoid.

I missed this press release from justice.gov/dea published on July 26,2012 “DEA NEWS: Nationwide Synthetic Drug Takedown: 19 million packets of synthetic drugs seized and $36 million in cash .” In a Time Times article from July 7, 2012 called “Woman Gives Birth, Smokes Bath Salts, Violence Ensues; What is Really Going on Here?” I proposed that the news was reporting more “zombie attacks” caused by bath salts(that sometimes ended up not being associated with bath salts at all) in an effort to increase public support to ban the substances, which would then increase funding to fight the drug war. Bath salts are one of the synthetic drugs that were targeted by the recent DEA nationwide crackdown known as “Operation Log Jam.” Here are some facts from the press release :

  • This was the “First ever nationwide law enforcement action against the synthetic designer drug industry”
  • 90 people were arrested
  • Five million packets of finished designer drugs were seized.
  • $36 million dollars in cash was seized (Who says the drug war isn’t a way for government to make money?)
  • Since July 26, 2012, 4.8 million packets of synthetic cannabinoids have been seized
  • Since July 26, 2012 products to produce 13.6 million packets of synthetic cannabinoids (ex. K2, Spice) have been seized
  • Since July 26, 2012 167,000 packets of synthetic cathinones (ex. bath salts) have been seized
  • Since July 26, 2012 products to produce 392, 000 packets of synthetic cathinones have been seized
  • 2010, poison centers nationwide responded to approximately 3,200 calls related to synthetic cathinones and synthetic cannabinoids
  • 2011, poison centers nationwide responded to approximately 13,000 calls related to synthetic cathinones and synthetic cannabinoids, with 60% of the patients being 25 years of age or younger

Excerpts from DEA press release:

“Although tremendous progress has been made in legislating and scheduling these dangerous substances, this enforcement action has disrupted the entire illegal industry, from manufacturers to retailers,” said DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart. “Together with our federal, state and local law enforcement partners, we are committed to targeting these new and emerging drugs with every scientific, legislative, and investigative tool at our disposal.”

While many of the designer drugs being marketed today that were seized as part of Operation Log Jam are not specifically prohibited in the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), the Controlled Substance Analogue Enforcement Act of 1986 (AEA) allows these drugs to be treated as controlled substances if they are proven to be chemically and/or pharmacologically similar to a Schedule I or Schedule II controlled substance.  A number of cases that are part of Operation Log Jam will be prosecuted federally under this analogue provision, which specifically exists to combat these new and emerging designer drugs.

“DEA has used its emergency scheduling authority to combat both synthetic cathinones (the so-called bath salts like Ivory Wave, etc.) and synthetic cannabinoids (the so-called incense products like K2, Spice, etc.), temporarily placing several of these dangerous chemicals into Schedule I of the CSA. Congress has also acted, permanently placing 26 substances into Schedule I of the CSA.

While the DEA is supported by the above mentioned federal laws, a new one was signed by the president on July 9, 2012. The law is part of S. 3187: Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act  and places synthetic drugs in the Schedule I class, and would extend the amount of time allotted for the temporary scheduling of a substance as a schedule I drug to two years with a one year extension, in comparison to current law stipulating one year with a sixth month extension for temporary scheduling. It would also put “Unless specifically exempted or unless listed in another schedule, any material, compound, mixture, or preparation which contains any quantity of cannabimimetic agents, or which contains their salts, isomers, and salts of isomers…” in the schedule I class. Continue reading

Woman Gives Birth, Smokes Bath Salts, Violence Ensues; What is Really Going on Here?

7 Jul

Picture from clevelandleader.com

What would possess a woman who had just given birth to smoke bath salts? I suppose I should ask Carla Murphy, who did just that, then stripped off her clothes, tried to bite a cop, and assaulted a nurse before being handcuffed and arrested. An injection of the anti-psychotic Haldol had no effect on the intoxicated new mom. What is going on here?

The “designer drug” is made of synthetic cathinones such as mephedrone (popular in the UK) and methylenedioxypyrovalerone or MDPV, (more popular in the U.S.), and produces a stimulant effect, similar to amphetamine and cocaine. Alarmingly, news reports are claiming it causes psychosis and violent behavior, including cannibalism or expressing the desire to bite and eat humans.

MDPV was first created in 1969 but was not sold until 2004, and mephedrone was first synthesized in 1929 but was not available for purchase until about 2007. I’m curious to know if, besides the never ending need to find legal mind-altering substances, there is a reason  that these drugs emerged for sale at these times.

From product to product, the chemical compositions can vary widely, and products with the same name can contain different compounds. “Designer drugs” are created using substances that have yet to be made illegal. Because they are so new, little is known about the drugs and their long-term effects, making them more dangerous . As soon as one “designer drug” is outlawed, another compound emerges to take its place, perpetuating a vicious cycle of dangerous substances seeping into society. I wonder if there may be a smaller market for such risky legal highs if drugs were decriminalized, or even legalized.

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Zombies in the News: Infection or Perception?

5 Jun

In just one week there were five different incidents of cannibalism, with only four of them being actual crimes.  While cannibalism is believed to have existed since ancient times, it is not something that is reported so often that it is no longer shocking and disturbing to most people.  So why are we seeing more gruesome attacks, zombies in the movies, zombie survival websites, and a zombie survival guide and zombie novella/comic (both were created by the Center for Disease Control [CDC], something many people do not realize)?  And why is the government pushing Disaster Preparedness?   It has trickled down to the lowest level of governments.  I have seen announcements in the town newspaper about FEMA and their new designated shelters, schools all over the country hold terrorism and disaster drills,  some schools practicing them monthly. Are they conditioning our children to be less shocked by a disaster?  You could go deep down the “why” and “what if” conspiracy hole and get no where, so we’ll just have to keep paying attention and see what evidence we can find to substantiate any theories.

The elites are preparing too, with underground bunkers and super seed vaults.  I have seen websites advertising bunkers.  Take a look at terravivos.com.  They have homes in an underground resort.  This  is supposedly a recording of someone calling one of these bunker businesses.

So what is the government expecting?  Is it something specific, or are they acknowledging that the world is at a dangerous, crucial point in time that may take us to a reality we’ve never before known?  Are they just being cautious, and the zombie theme that has become so prevalent in pop culture is just a coincidence?

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