DEA: Drug makers ‘treating our kids like guinea pigs’


Bath salts — synthetic drugs made of substances perceived to mimic the effects of cocaine, LSD or methamphetamine — are illegal in Florida.

But anyone can buy the drugs online, and recent arrests in Central Florida show people are still manufacturing the narcotic.

Federal authorities say bath salts — marketed under names such as “Ivory Wave,” “Purple Wave” and “Vanilla Sky” — are increasingly popular among teens and young adults, as is synthetic marijuana, commonly known as “K2” or “Spice.”

The drugs are marketed as legal highs, and manufacturers often label the items “not intended for human consumption” in an attempt to skirt drug laws.

For more on this story visit: Amy Pavuk, Orlando Sentinel