Legal Meth Available Everywhere
An unlikely new drug gives users a monstrous high with devastating hallucinatory and psychotic effects. Rural kids rejoice and end up dead.
Bath salts sold under names like Ivory Wave, Bliss, White Lightning and Hurricane Charlie and becoming an increasingly popular drug that can be bought virtually anywhere.
The powders, which are being falsely marketed as bath salts, contain mephedrone which comes in the form of tablets or a powder that users can swallow, snort or inject, producing similar effects to MDMA, amphetamines and cocaine.
And you thought it couldn’t get worse than meth.
According to NPR, Bath salts drew attention in Florida when several officers were needed to subdue a man who tore a radar unit out of a police car with his teeth. In another incident, police say a woman attacked her mother with a machete, thinking she was a monster.
Apparently, ingesting bath salts is similar to smoking meth and taking acid at the same time—users completely lose their mind while having superhuman energy. “For lack of a better term, people flipped out,” a poison control official tells NPR. “It’s almost like a psychotic break.”
“We had a deputy injured a week ago. They were fighting with a guy who thought they were two devils. That’s what makes this drug so dangerous,” Mississippi Sheriff Chris Dickinson told The Washington Post.
According to reports, several people have died from overdosing on the drug. Though more disturbing is the number of people who have committed suicide while on the drug.
One man took a skinning knife and repeatedly sliced his face and stomach while high. At least two men shot themselves in the face.
“Anxiety off the charts, blood pressure high enough to blow an aorta,” said Mark Ryan of Louisiana Poison Control. “Some were combative, some were extremely paranoid — monsters and demons and talking to God and aliens coming to get their family. But the cravings are similar to crack, so they keep doing it.” Makes a good old-fashioned LSD trip sound like a vacation by comparison.
Louisina and Florida have the highest reports of abuse, the former citing 70 cases in the first ten days of 2011.
Anyone can buy the bath salts, which are often sold in convenient stores and online. The stimulants are currently legal and unregulated by the DEA because they are not marketed for human consumption.
Since the beginning of the year, bath salts have come under increased federal scrutiny and have been banned in Florida, Louisiana, and North Dakota. New York Sen. Charles Schumer has recently proposed a bill that would add bath salts to a list of federally controlled substances.
No word yet on whether bath salts are Charlie Sheen’s new drug of choice.