Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Bath Salts - Not So Relaxing!

There is a new trend among young people, increasing popularity in the U.S. They're labelled and sold as "Bath Salts" and can be found and purchased as easily as a bottle of 5 Hour Energy.  The internet, convenience stores, service stations and drug stores across America sell it and for about $20 a pack, can send you on the worst high of your life and can kill you! (Or cause you to kill yourself!)

I'm sitting down watching The Dr. Oz show yesterday, and his goal was to bring awareness to people of all ages about this stuff. A father and his wife came on the show with such a horrid and tragic story of their son who had been a victim of this killer substance. The boy called his dad and told him that he had taken some of it was not feeling very well. The boy went into such an intense trip of hallucinations and paranoia that he stood in front of his parents and slit his own throat! Miraculously, the teenager survived, after being rushed to the ER and treated. A few days later, after being released from the hospital and doing seemingly better, his father found him dead on his bedroom floor with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. This crap had sent the boy into a frenzy of delusional behavior.

According to Mark Ryan, Director of Louisiana Poison Center, "If you take the very worst of some of the other drugs -- LSD and Ecstasy with their hallucinogenic-delusional type properties, PCP with extreme agitation, superhuman strength and combativeness, as well as the stimulant properties of cocaine and meth -- if you take all the worst of those and put them all together this is what you get. It's ugly," added Ryan, who recounted some harrowing stories.
"The psychosis is impressive," he said.
The drug acts as a large dose of amphetamine and has been linked to all sorts of medical emergencies, hospitalizations and suicides. Sold under cute brand names such as Vanilla Sky & Ivory Wave, users believe the dangers are minimal and about to get the shock of their lives when they realize it is quite the opposite. The real danger is that doctors believe it's effects may be somewhat permanent. Even after extreme sedation with powerful sedatives and anti-psychotics, the psychosis often returns in patients, unlike other drugs. 
Some states are now calling for a ban on these products but trying to boost public awareness. 
Very misleadingly sold as "Bath Salts" and even printed on their package, "Not intended for human consumption", these drugs are the last thing we need on our streets!  Now the argument could come where manufacturers claim that they intended for them to be used in your bath and thrill seeking drug users in search of a 'new high' are misusing and abusing the products but why in the world then would they incorporate amphetamines into their  ingredients? 
Click here to read more on this growing problem.

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