DEA makes it illegal to possess or sell “bath salts”
 
 
On October 11, 2011, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”) exercised its authority to temporarily make it illegal to possess and sell three key ingredients in the synthetic drug commonly known as “bath salts.” Those ingredients are mephedron, methylenedioxypyrovalerone (“MDPV) and methylone.  The DEA has temporarily classified these chemicals as Schedule 1 substances, which is the classification reserved for the most restricted drugs that are likely to be abused and have no currently accepted medical purpose.  The DEA’s ban on these substances will last for one year.  The agency has the option to extend the ban for an additional six months before making a determination whether to permanently ban the substances. 
 
For more information, you may access the “Drug Fact Sheet” issued by the DEA in the client access section of this website under the Legal References/Guidance documents.
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