An ‘easy’ solution to bath salts, K2 issues

Drug distributors are making money off area residents through the sale of so-called bath salts and a family of products called K2, which contain an array of chemicals.

If you think the bath salts problem in the area was under control, think again. If you think the problem was solved because a highly visible store was shut down or state law was changed to shutdown legal sales, think again.

Purveyors of these evil substances stay one step ahead of the law by tweaking the bath salts’ formulas. Sales remains legal, technically speaking. Law enforcement officials say they need help in their push against K2 (often described as synthetic marijuana) and bath salts (which pack a punch like cocaine and methamphetamines). Manufacturers stay legal by altering their formulas just enough to remain legal.

Products are sold as incense or spa-like remedies. And the highs keep coming as users get high by smoking or ingesting the products. Bath sales users are known to get paranoid, hyperactive or hyper reactive. On the other hand, K2 users can appear to be in a coma. Either way, it’s obvious the drugs are a menace to the wellbeing of whoever uses them and those who are around the users.

This must stop now.

Sure, laws must be changed so those investigating incidents aren’t thwarted because the formula of an offending substance has been altered slightly.

But even more important to the situation is the personal responsibility each and every one of us must take for our own actions. Don’t rationalize using bath salts or K2 by saying they aren’t illegal. Bottom line, they are dangerous. Don’t use them. Removing the profit motive is vital because making a buck is all sellers are interested in doing. Until potential buyers wise up and stop spending their money, because someone somewhere will always be glad to sell their K2 or bath salts.