The Verona Municipal Alliance Committee has just e-mailed us to say that tonight’s information session on a dangerous new teen drug known as bath salts has been canceled due to illness. VMAC does not yet have a new date for the presentation.
Bath salts are a synthetic stimulant that has been banned in New Jersey and many other states. While the federal Drug Enforcement Administration does not regulate bath salts, they are under federal scrutiny because their effects are comparable to methamphetamine abuse. The salts are sold in convenience stores and on the Internet under names like “Ivory Wave”, “White Lightning” and “Hurricane Charlie”. They can cause hallucinations, paranoia, rapid heart rates, severe chest pains, jerky motions and suicidal or homicidal thoughts and actions. They are intended to be snorted, injected, or smoked, and a small packet costs as little as $20. For more information contact Essex Prevention Services at 973-571-2324.