To the average consumer, purchasing bath salts indicates a night meant for relaxation and meditation. But according to recent news, several products on the market touted as “energizing the mind, body and soul,” might instead be a ploy endorsing shoppers to buy a product that has a shockingly similar exterior look and after effects of one of our country’s most nefarious drugs in cocaine.
The Drug Enforcement Administration reported that after either inhaling or ingesting these particular salts, a growing number of buyers have ended up in the hospital or psychiatric ward because of hallucinations or paranoia. The Administration also claims that trying these particular salts can result in death.
The active drug found is called MDVP (Psychoactive- and is also known as Super Coke, Magic, MDPK and PV) and first surfaced in 2004. According to the DEA, it is almost impossible to find after drug screenings, and is sold frequently at smoke shops across the country. The salts keep dopamine from being released in the brain. Usage of the substance can lead to violence, experts say. In fact, police in Panama City, Florida labeled the drug as the cause of two extremely violent occurrences, one in which a young woman apparently attempted to behead an elderly family member and a second having to do with a man destroying the backseat upholstery of his car with his own teeth.
Names like “Bliss”, “Red Dawn” or “Purple Wave”, are common and apparently come in packages structured similar to Kool-Aid. Costing anywhere from $20- $80 (and can be purchased via the internet), ingestion or inhalation of the salts have resulted in more than 250 calls to poison control centers this year.
With that in mind, states like Florida and Louisiana have banned all sales of these brands and New York Senator Charles Schumer (D) plays a key role in trying to produce a bill that will add these salts to the ever growing list of controlled substances. Adding these bath salts to the list may be the key to keep them from be- coming just another recreational drug that can potentially cause the death of thousands.