Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 11-033

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • January 28, 2011
    • Contact Person:
    • Deputy Larry McKinnon : lmckinno@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813-247-8094

    HCSO Deputies Begin Issuing Warnings On Sale Of "Bath Salts"

    Attorney General signs an order to halt the sale of compounds known as "bath salts."
    • Thursday
    • January 27, 2011
    • Time: 4:00 PM
    • Tampa, FL


    On January 26, 2011, Secretary of State's Office, Attorney General Pam Bondi signed a "Notice Of Emergency Rule" placing compounds commonly known as "bath salts" under Schedule I, Subsection 893.03(1), F.S.

    These circumstances present an immediate and imminent hazard to the public health, safety, and welfare which requires emergency action that will curtail the substance abuse by Florida's children and young adults. In addition, the Attorney General has found that these compounds meet the statutory criteria for placement as a controlled substance in Schedule I, Subsection 893.03(1), F.S.

    The compounds are currently being marketed under a number of names such as Ivory Wave, Vanilla Sky, White Rush, and Pure Ivory and are usually snorted but also smoked or swallowed. They are stimulants that affect neurotransmitters in the brain and cause a sensation to the user similar to cocaine. The product is known to produce serious side effects.

    On January 27, 2011, HCSO deputies began visiting businesses that are currently selling "bath salts" and will provide business owners with a copy of the Attorney General's Order.

    The deputies will explain to the business owners that they will be required to comply with the Order and immediately discontinue any future sales. Follow up visits will be randomly made to ensure the businesses are complying and those who do not comply could face criminal prosecution.

    For more information on Attorney General Pam Bondi's Notice of Emergency Rule, visit www.myfloridalegal.com.
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