The Deadly Drug Bath Salts
There's a new drug in town
There is a relatively new, deadly drug making its appearance in the states and they call it Bath Salts. Lately, it has been getting quite a bit of media attention because of the extreme psychosis it can cause in it's users. It's called bath salts simply because it was initially a drug sold disguised in bath salt packaging, to give the appearance of legality. It can also come disguised as incense, potpourri, plant food, and stain remover, among a few other ordinary household products.
In many unfortunate cases, it has caused people to take their own lives. Individuals who would have otherwise never dreamed of hurting themselves have stabbed or shot themselves after taking in the chemicals in these seemingly harmless, legal bath salts. Those who have survived remain scarred for life, both physically and emotionally. The ingredients work by sending the brain into an "survival" mode, sometimes causing extreme aggression and even temporary super-human strength. Other drugs like PCP, LSD and Cocaine can cause the same type of reaction, but Bath Salts can put the user into this mode for several hours, or even day, at a time.
Parents, please heed this warning. Since bath salts are being sold legally, our kids don't realize how harmful and dangerous they are. Please read this blog through to the end. Watch all of the videos. From what I can tell, the product has been removed from Amazon, and although some gas stations and convenience stores are removing it from their shelves, there is still much to do because manufacturers are simply changing the packaging that the active ingredients come in. It is still being sold on the internet as legal. People have been led to believe that because it is sold in legal form, and even though it is marked "not for human consumption", that it is a safe, legal high. Unfortunately, in many cases, that couldn't be further from the truth.
What's it about?
The nightmare worsens because in even though most states have outlawed the drug, the manufacturers keep changing the packaging to appear as something else, and it can be purchased for as little as $20.00 for a small bag. Bath Salts come in appealing names like Ivory Snow, White Girl, White Rush, Purple Wave and Ivory Wave, as well as not so appealing names like White Girl Stain Remover, Scarface Bath Salts, Meow Meow, Pump it, Bump it and MCat. It may just be sold in a small bag marked "not for human consumption", or even disguised a fertilizer. Head down to your local head shop or gas station, and chances are you can get a bag. If not there, it is readily available on the internet. The drug is being described by many users as the closest thing they’ve come to a methamphetamine high, without actually using meth, and by others as a combination methamphetamine/cocaine high. It is manufactured with synthetic chemicals including Methylmethcathinone, Mephedrone or Methylenedioxypyrovalerone and each brand name carries its own specific blend. It is also important to note that since the drugs are manufactured in China and are not regulated, it is practically impossible to truly know how much of a dosage of the active ingredient a user is getting. Just because they took one dose before and didn't have a psychotic or physical reaction, the next dose they get, even though they may think it is the same, may contain more or less of the active ingredient.
It is NOT the typical bath salts that you use in your bathtub to soothe tired and achy muscles. It is important not to confuse the two or accuse anyone of being a drug addict because they decide to start taking bubble baths! It is the chemical ingredients that make the difference. As mentioned above, they aren't made of salt at all, and they can be disguised as many everyday products. It is also NOT the same thing as K2 or Spice. These are forms of synthetic marijuana that provide a high similar to marijuana. Currently, there are no home drug tests for bath salts.
What are the effects?
Users snort, smoke, inject, ingest and even insert the white powder into their rectum or vagina to obtain their high. Not only does it act as an extremely strong stimulant increasing the heart rate and causing chest pains, dizziness, panic attacks and nose bleeds, delusions, delirium and extreme aggression. it can act as a powerful hallucinogenic and cause extreme paranoia, as well. The entire buzz, including the hallucinations can last for up to three days.
What's being done to stop it?
It is believed that Bath Salts use began in Germany in 2007, but no one is truly sure of the origin, nor does it really matter. In the U.S., beginning in early October 2010, Louisiana had the first handful of emergency room visits and calls to the Poison Control Center. From there, it has spread through several states. Louisiana has since passed a law making the drug illegal, but its users are simply crossing the border to Mississippi and purchasing it there. In total, 38 states have passed some type of legislation banning the drug or its active ingredients. In September 2011, the DEA instituted a 12 month emergency ban on Bath Salts, however, because a simple slight tweak to the ingredients can result in a new drug compound, the laws are easy to get around.
"This imminent action by the DEA demonstrates that there is no tolerance for those who manufacture, distribute, or sell these drugs anywhere in the country, and that those who do will be shut down, arrested, and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law," DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart said in a statement on the DEA website. "DEA has made it clear we will not hesitate to use our emergency scheduling authority to control these dangerous chemicals that pose a significant and growing threat to our nation."
In February 2012, Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY), proposed a ban on the chemicals used in bath salts. Since 2010, thirty-three states have implemented measures to control the substance. Oversight is extremely difficult, though, because banning the product doesn't control the issue if the manufacturers simply keep changing the packaging.
"I am pleased the DEA has finally heeded our call to ban these drugs by making them illegal controlled substances. While this is a solid first step, we need to ensure that these drugs stay off the market for good," Schumer said. "I will push to permanently ban these drugs until the threat of this scourge is removed from our neighborhoods, our schools, and from store counters across the country."
The DEA emergency ban took effect in March 2012, and makes it illegal to possess or sell mephedrone, methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) and methylone -- all key ingredients for "bath salts" -- or any products which contain the chemicals for one year, while the DEA works with the Department of Health and Human Services to "further study whether these chemicals should be permanently controlled."
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© 2011 Tonja Petrella