We have to admit, we were skeptical when we heard news reports
that various products marketed as “bath salts” were being banned in Alabama because they’re actually dangerous narcotics.
Don’t get us wrong. Bama Fact Check is against the use of addictive drugs. Snorting random consumer products is a good way to get yourself a Darwin Award
But something about the news accounts of the bath salt phenomenon made our fact-checking feelers go up. Teens who think they can fly
after using drugs? A new drug that’s right up there with heroin and cocaine? Users who go crazy and have “superhuman strength?”
We could feel all the old standards of drug war propaganda being trotted out. As a fact-checking organization, we want actual, direct accounts -- not friend-of-a-friend anecdotes and guesswork. Who
thought they could fly, and where
Well, good journalism to the rescue. The Washington Post has an excellent article
on the bath salt phenomenon, complete with accounts from actual former users and their families, plus an explanation of the active chemical involved, and hard numbers on emergency room admissions for the drug. It won’t have you looking for bath-salt-snorting zombies under your bed, but it makes a pretty good case.
Funny, how the facts can do that.