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Keeping Ahead Of Drug Inventors

January 15, 2013

Like law enforcement officials and legislators in many other states, ours in West Virginia spent several years playing catch-up with drug pusher....

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Jan-15-13 2:19 PM

Thats what I was thinking. I never heard of bath salts til a few yrs ago, then it was never explained. How are parents to look out for what is kept hushed about.

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Jan-15-13 7:25 AM

But West Virginia legislators, along with their peers in many other states, caught on quickly. They enacted statutes covering a variety of synthetic ingredients, including those used to make "bath salts."

That seems to have helped. Police are cracking down on "bath salts" distributors, sending some to jail. And the number of drug overdoses reported from "bath salts" in West Virginia declined from 250 in 2001 to 48 last year.

"Quickly?" The legislative changes were implemented in 2010 and 2011...9-10 years after the 2001 peak of overdoses in WV!

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