Guam -Vice Speaker B.J. Cruz has introduced a bill that would prohibit the sale of synthetic chemical products which can be used as a substitute for the illegal drugs of cocaine or ecstasy.
These synthetic products are sometimes marketed as “bath salts” or “plant food.”
If enacted, Bill No. 78-3 1 (COR) would prohibit the sale of products that contains the synthetic stimulants MDPV, or 3,4-methylenedioxypyrovalerone, and methylmethcathinone (mephedrone).
In a release, Vice Speaker Cruz says the aim of Bill 78 is to protect Guam’s youth and stem the use of synthetic drugs.
Cruz says that these chemicals are neither controlled by the Drug Enforcement Administration nor approved for human consumption by the Food and Drug Administration.
The release goes onto to state that the chemicals:
“are often sold under various street names like Ivory Wave and Vanilla Sky then snorted, eaten, or smoked as a substitute for cocaine or ecstasy. These synthetic drugs are known to cause increased blood pressure and heart rate, panic attacks, agitation, hallucinations, extreme paranoia and delusion, depression, kidney pain, and bloodshot eyes.
Throughout the nation, Poison Control Centers have received numerous calls related to “bath salts.” One poison control director called “bath salts” a
combination of “The worst characteristics of LSD, PCP, Ecstasy, cocaine and methamphetamine.”
A growing number of states, including North Dakota, Mississippi, Florida, Hawaii, and Kentucky, are moving to ban “bath salts.” White House drug czar Gil Kerlikowske said in a statement, “They pose a serious threat to the health and well-being of young people and anyone who uses them.” With
the introduction of Bill No. 78-3 1 (COR), Vice Speaker Cruz hopes to help limit accessibility to these dangerous synthetic drugs and the violent nature of their side effects.