According to several reports, the latest culprit in drug abuse comes in the form of what we all thought to be a harmless and legal household item, bath salts.
From the Deep South to California, emergency calls are being reported due to the over-exposure to the stimulants the powders often contain: mephedrone and methylenedioxypyrovalerone, also known as MDPV. In an article, Officials: ‘Bath salts’ are a growing drug problem on Yahoo! News, it was stated that “the effects of the powders are as powerful as abusing methamphetamine." Increasingly, law enforcement agents and poison control centers say the advertised bath salts with complex chemical names are an emerging menace in several U.S. states where authorities talk of banning their sale.
The products are sold legally at convenience stores and on the Internet as bath salts and even plant foods. However, they aren't necessarily being used for the purposes on the label.
In the same article, the experiences of Neil Brown, an individual who experimented and got high on the powders by the names of Ivory Wave, Bliss, White Lightning, Hurricane Charlie, Red Dove and Vanilla Sky were discussed. While high on these dangerous chemicals, he took his skinning knife and slit his face and stomach repeatedly. Brown says, “I couldn't tell you why I did it,” pointing to his scars. “The psychological effects are still there.”
In another article, Cocaine's Latest Alias: Bath Salt on Time.com, Dr. Josef Thundiyil, a toxicologist of the Orlando Regional Medical Center makes a statement regarding our youth and this dangerous new trend. He says "It's appealing to kids because it is legal, because you can get it on the Internet." Parents need to be cautious of the symptoms, because bath salts can not be tested.
The snorting, smoking and injecting of these 'bath salts' have been discovered to cause the following effects:
Rapid heart rates
The effects listed above may be difficult for a parent to recognize, therefore, please talk to your kids about the dangers involved in this horrifying trend. Let them know that this way, or any other way of getting high, is not worth the consequences that may follow, especially the risk of death.
If you suspect your child is involved in substance abuse, please don't hesitate to start that conversation!
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