February 28th, 2011 by Helen Scholz
Health officers from across the land are sounding an alarm over most likely perilous hallucinogens that are being sold as bath salts.
In just the initial few weeks of 2011, poison control centres in the U.S. received 373 calls re bath salt side-effects, according to a public relations release ( pdf ) by the North American organisation of Poison Control Centres . That’s compared with 234 calls pertaining to bath salts all though all of last year. The reported issues with bath salts have come from at least twenty-five different states and involve packets of bath salts being sold at rest stops, convenience stores and on the web that use a considerable number of powerful chemicals that can work as hallucinogens and amphetamines.
On Feb first, government Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske issued a caution about the products, announcing they posed a major threat to fitness and health of users. A bill has been drafted by Sen. Charles Schumer of Big Apple that would add the primary active constituents, 3,4-methylenedioxypyrovalerone ( MDPV ), and mephedrone to the list of federally controlled substances. The bath salts, which sell for approximately $20, are uncontrolled and are at present legal in most states. They’re sold under names like Cloud Nine, Ivory Wave and Vanilla Sky and are often sold as plant food. Although they’re marked not for human consumption health officers say there’s a growing trend of the bath salts being injected, crushed and snorted like cocaine or put into drinks. Officers say abusers of the bath salts could be in for a rude surprise. Not only are they able to kill with only one dose, but some officers claimed the crazy side-effects of the bath salts incorporate some of the worst side-effects of gear like LSD, Ecstasy, PCP, cocaine and meth. In a particular case, a bath salt user intended to remove by surgery their own liver with a mechanical pencil. In another situation, a man who was experiencing hallucinations from bath salt side-effects barricaded himself in his attic room with his rifle in preparation of an attack by monsters, which he promised to kill before they could get him. One Louisiana man allegedly attempted to slit his throat with a butter knife while high on Cloud 9 bath salts. When that failed, he continued to suffer psychotic episodes for 3 days before he ultimately shot himself in the head with a rifle while his mom and dad slept. Louisiana is the state which has reportedly been toughest hit by what some poison control mavens are calling a growing epidemic.
Nonetheless reports of situations have been spreading since the 1st reports there last year. Some states, including Louisiana, Florida and Kentucky, are moving to prohibit the bath salts, but health officers say that doctors and legislators in most states have not heard about the difficulty and are unready. Now , the bath salts are being sold under the names Red Dove, Blue Silk, Zoom, Bloom, Cloud 9 , Sea Snow, Lunar Wave, Vanilla Sky, Ivory Wave, White Lightning, Scarface, Hurricane Charlie and probably others.