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      DEA temporarily bans 3 stimulants as hazardous, outlaws bath salts

      The Drug Enforcement Administration says it will temporarily outlaw possession and sale three synthetic stimulants as dangerous chemicals that pose an imminent hazard to public health. / FILE
      COLUMBIA (WACH, AP) -- The Drug Enforcement Administration says it will temporarily outlaw possession and sale three synthetic stimulants as dangerous chemicals that pose an imminent hazard to public health.

      Sometimes packaged as bath salts or plant food and marketed under names such as "Purple Wave," "Vanilla Sky" and "Bliss," the stimulants are especially popular among teens and young adults and are perceived as mimics of cocaine, LSD and methamphetamine.

      The DEA says users have reported disorientation, extreme paranoia and violent episodes after ingesting the chemicals.

      K2, Salvia Divinorum, and bath salts are sold over the counter at many convenience stores and available on the internet, but not marketed for human consumption. However, these synthetics are proving to be as harmful as the real thing.

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      The ban will last at least a year, during which the government will determine whether it should permanently control the stimulants - Mephedrone, MDPV and Methylone.

      What do you think about the DEA's move to ban bath salts and other synthetic stimulants? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below.

      (The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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