Dangerous Synthetic Drugs Sold Over the Counter to Teenagers — Again

Last year, the Florida Legislature banned the sale of “bath-salts,” – dangerous synthetic drugs that had been marketed as bath salts and were sold in head shops, corner stores, and online, where they were easily bought by teenagers. Before the ban, the products had been sold legally. But Florida authorities moved against the products, which contained the synthetic drug MDVP, because of reports of hallucinations, violent behavior, muscle damage, kidney failure, and even death associated with their use.

As a result, several forms of synthetic cathinones (bath salts) and synthetic cannabinoids (known as K2) were banned by the state of Florida. In September of 2011, The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) also placed an emergency ban on products that contain MDPV and methylone – key ingredients of “bath salts.”

But now, chemists have tweaked the formula to get around the law and the drugs are back in Florida.

New batches of the product are being marketed as bath salts, herbal cigarettes, and plant food, and have been implicated in the recent hospitalizations of three Charlotte County high-school students who overdosed on it. Florida lawmakers want to make it a third-degree felony to manufacture or sell the drugs in their new form.

Florida authorities are urging parents to talk to their teenagers about this – and to check their purchases.

Establishing Liability, Protecting Your Rights

Although these products have been, or will be banned, there are still unregulated products being sold everyday that do harm to people. Establishing who is liable for those injuries can be complex and confusing. That’s why you need the experienced team of personal injury attorneys in Florida at Farah & Farah on your side if you or a loved one has been harmed by a dangerous or defective product. Call us at (800) 533-3555 so we can investigate your claim and can start working to get you compensation from liable parties.

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