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'Bath salts' timeline

Published April 02. 2011 09:00AM

"Bath salts," the synthetic stimulant 3, 4-Methylenedioxypyrovalerone, or MDPV, has been around for decades.

MDPV was developed in the 1960s, and has been used for the treatment of chronic fatigue, but caused problems of abuse and dependence.

• 1969: Boehringer Ingelheim files a patent application for MDPV.

• 2005: MDPV appears as a recreational drug; first mention on Drugs-Forum.

• 2007: First seizure of MDPV as a recreational drug, by customs officials in the German state of Saxony. The drug had been shipped from China.

• 2008: First seizure of MDPV in the United States.

• 2009: MDPV made illegal in Denmark.

• 2010: MDPV made a controlled drug in the United Kingdom and Sweden. First reports of the widespread retail marketing of "bath salts" containing MDPV in the United States.

• 2011: MDPV sale and possession are banned in the states of Florida and Louisiana and North Dakota, with legislation being introduced in many other states (including Pennsylvania).

Source: Presentation by Glenn Duncan, Executive Director, Hunterdon Drug Awareness Program, Flemington, New Jersey

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