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Bath Salts Containing MDPV

Attorney General Pam Bondi passed an emergency measure on January 25, 2011, banning the sale or use of “bath salts” in the State of Florida. The new ruling labels MDPV a Schedule I controlled substance. This allows law enforcement to arrest, prosecute, and incarcerate individuals who manufacture, distribute, sell or possess this dangerous drug. The emergency ruling is set to last for 90 days, during which Florida legislators will be working to pass a bill making the ban permanent.


The ruling pertains to substances containing MDPV (methylenedioxypyrovalerone) which are commonly sold under the street names Vanilla Sky, Ivory Wave, Ocean Burst and Bolivian Bath. Users typically snort or ingest these “bath salts” leading to several side effects including, but not limited to:

  • Increased heart rate
  • Agitation
  • Lack of appetite
  • Anxiety fits and delusions
  • Nosebleeds


Other more serious side effects can include:

  • Muscle spasms
  • Kidney failure
  • Seizures
  • Hallucinations
  • Loss of bowel control
  • Severe paranoia
  • Panic attacks
  • Death


The substances are typically sold in specialty smoke shops, over the internet and in convenience stores in 220mg, 250mg or 500mg packets.


Members of the public are asked to check any bath salts they may currently possess to ensure that they do not fall under the new ruling.

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