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Bath Salts as your “drug of choice.”

Bath Salts as your “drug of choice.”

Bath salts used as a means of intoxication, is that still a trend?  We have all heard about the “Miami Zombie,” the drug addled man who was killed by police in 2009 after he was found eating another man’s face on some sort of bridge in Miami, Florida right?  But is this type of horror story still going on?  What are bath salts and what happens when you use them recreationally?

Bath Salts, also known as “plant food,” are a blanket term for a group of synthetic drugs.  Often these drugs are made from mephedrone and methylenedioxypyrovalerone, or MDPV.  Sometimes these packets have nothing more than caffeine and local anesthetics!  Other times, the mixture has other drugs similar to MDPV and ephedrine, which are generically called cathinones.  However these ingredients are not common in bath salts or any other spa related product.  These are illegal substances, to that an organic stimulant found in Arab and East African countries.

So why are they called bath salts?

The drugs are usually in powder and crystal form.  They look like the real-deal bath salts and also carry names that call back to other bath products like Red Dove and Ivory Wave.  Selling these packets as “Bath Salts” served, in the beginning, as a legal loophole for dealers.  Along with the misleading label “not for human consumption,” which allowed the substance to be labeled as substantially similar to illegal drugs allowed the illegal to be legal.

Technically speaking, these drugs are actually “legal.”  The federal government put a temporary year long ban on the drugs in 2012 on the drugs that go into making bath salts.  However, the ban is easy to maneuver around, slightly tweaking it’s contents.  The ban expired in March of 2012.

28 States have banned bath salts as of July 2012, and the Senate passed a bill in May 2012 that would actually make the bath salts illegal, getting rid of some of those loopholes.  Manufacturers will always look for ways to market their chemicals, but state bans are there to ensure that you cannot simply cross state lines to find these deadly synthetic drugs.

The Scary Effects

The question is, do these drugs really turn you into a face-eating zombie?  Or is this story just an outlier, calling the incident a “bad batch,” or the like.  In January 2012, the story circulated of a man stabbing himself in the face and stomach repeatedly while high.  On A&E’s Intervention, there was a disturbing episode regarding the abuse of these drugs.  It’s made from stimulants, so it has the same benefits as what sounds like ecstasy or cocaine, at least from the trip explanations were found in the drug forum on google.

Effects of Bath Salts include but are not limited to:

    • Adrenal rush
    • Overly talkative
    • Physical body rush
    • Hallucinations
    • Euphoric feeling
    • Feelings of being “charged up”
    • Feelings of wanting affection or the desire to “love”
    • Feelings of “jumping out of your skin”
    • Feelings of tension
    • Feelings of terror

Bath Salts can be purchased anywhere between $25 to $50 for a packet- that’s about how much it would cost to achieve a high. 

Apparently the hangovers for these drugs are the killer.  Demoralizing thoughts, depression, anxiety, feelings self hatred, suicide and the list goes on.  The after effects could last for any length of time, it has not been determined at this point.

If you or someone you know needs help with drugs and or alcohol addiction, please call miracle recovery center today at (949)463-0229



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