Maryland’s health secretary is considering classifying synthetic drugs known as “bath salts” as controlled dangerous substances, making them illegal.
Many states have already banned bath salts, which are often sold online and mimic the effects of cocaine or methamphetamines. They can be inhaled, smoked, injected or ingested.
Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, secretary of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, is asking for comments from the public before he decides what to do about bath salts.
Sharfstein has the power to classify the active compounds in the drugs as schedule 1 controlled dangerous substances. That would make it illegal to manufacture, sell or possess bath salts.
In the meantime, Sharfstein says Marylanders should avoid the substances. The health department is aware of 22 poisoning cases, including one that resulted in death.