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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Wilder, Scott

Director of Communications 
News Date: 1/28/2011 

 Sheriff Judd warns Polk store owners about illegal sale of "bath salts" known as "fake Cocaine" 


On January 26, 2011, Secretary of State's Office, Attorney General Pam Bondi signed a "Notice Of Emergency Rule" designating compounds commonly known as "bath salts" (MDPV and others) a controlled substance. The emergency order states:

Attorney General Bondi has found that there is a need to immediately place the above-mentioned compounds commonly known as "bath salts" under Schedule I, Subsection 893.03(1), F.S., in order to curtail the abuse of "bath salts" by Florida's children and young adults. These circumstances present an immediate and imminent hazard to the public health, safety, and welfare which requires emergency action. In addition the Attorney General has found that the above-mentioned compounds meet the statutory criteria for placement as a controlled substance in Schedule I, Subsection 893.03(1), F.S. 

Sheriff Grady Judd: "I am pleased and proud of Attorney General Bondi for taking such decisive action regarding this dangerous    'fake Cocaine' substance.  Although we have not had reports of these products being sold or abused in Polk County, we are aware that there is a potential for these dangerous substances to harm children and adults.  There are also some serious public safety threats related to violent behavior of some who have abused 'bath salts.'  If you are caught selling 'bath salts' here in Polk County, you will be arrested for selling a controlled substance." 

Background:  According to a recent Florida news article: "Poison control centers in Florida have reported receiving numerous calls about abuse of the 'bath salts.' Most of the state's cases came from Central and Northern Florida, but disoriented users have arrived at Broward County hospitals with high blood pressure and hallucinations. It took seven Bay County deputies to restrain a man who reportedly snorted Blue Silk, a common brand name of the fake cocaine, according to Ruth Corley, spokeswoman for the Bay County Sheriff's Office. 'His girlfriend called police from the airport, worried that he was acting crazily. Paramedics were unable to calm him down,' Corley said, 'and deputies were forced to wrestle him into a patrol car. He tore apart the back seat of the car with his teeth, screaming, 'Please help me, please help me, I'm dying,' Corley said." - Florida Sun Sentinel, January 27, 2011 http://www.sun-sentinel.com/health/fl-bath-salts-florida-20110126,0,6745644.story 

Florida is the second state in the nation to take this action - Louisiana was the first.  The Federal DEA has listed MDPV (one of the chemicals associated with the so called "bath salts") as a drug of concern, but they have not placed the chemical on its controlled substance schedule. 

Sheriff Judd:  "If anyone sees these 'fake Cocaine' products being sold in Polk County stores, please immediately notify the Sheriff's Office."