Two fairly new designer drugs, commonly known as bath salts and Spice, were outlawed Thursday via Gov. Butch Otter’s signature. These two drugs have been making headlines in Idaho for the past year and recently have been gaining national attention. The law takes effect immediately.
Bath salts have even made the Drug Enforcement Administration’s list as a “Drug of Concern” even though only a handful of states have decided the problem is bad enough to ban them.
With the governor’s signature, Idaho joins a dozen states to have banned Spice over the last couple of years.
According to the state Office of Drug Policy (ODP), bath salts and Spice are designer drugs that can cause hallucinogenic and suicidal thoughts. “Make no mistake, these are chemicals that are not used to ‘soak in a relaxing bath’ or for ‘aroma therapy,’” Debbie Field of the ODP said. She also added that these drugs contain toxic chemicals, none of which are found in traditional household bath salts, adding that they are “not for human consumption.”
During the press conference, Gov. Otter called this “an important time because it seems we have a never-ending list, or battle, against controlled substances.” He also expressed his hope that these would be the last of the drugs added to the controlled substance list for the state, but cautioned against thinking that way. “It seems like every time we turn around somebody finds a new way to destroy people’s lives.”
The governor did find some time for a little humor when talking about banning bath salts, joking,“Well, you get more than a good soak.”