Mohawk Valley's battle against "Bath Salts"
Whether you call it Bath Salts, Fake Meth, Legal Coke, Herbal Cocaine, or Synthetic Cocaine or Meth, it's still Dangerous! Bilss, Blue Silk, Cloud Nine, Drone, Energy-1, Ivory Wave, Lunar Wave, Meow Meow, Ocean Burst, Pure Ivory, Purple Wave, Red Dove, Snow Leopard, Stardust, Vanilla Sky, White Dove, White Knight, White Lightening all are among the many street names of a so-called designer drug known as “bath salts,” which has sparked thousands of calls to poison centers across the U.S. over the last year. -http://www.peopleagainstspicesales.com/html/about_bath_salts_dangers.html "You can find them in mini-marts and smoke shops sold as Ivory Wave, Bolivian Bath, and other names. The people who make these things have skirted the laws that make these types of things illegal. While several states have banned the sale of bath salts, ultimately it will have to be a federal law that labels these as a schedule 1 drug, which means it has no medicinal value but a high potential for abuse, and declare them illegal." Bath salts are still easily available online, though, and come in brand names such as "Purple Wave," "Zoom" or "Cloud Nine." A 50-milligram packet sells for $25 to $50. They dramatically increase the dopamine and norepinephrine levels in the human brain in two dangerous ways: by pouring more dopamine in as methamphetamine does, and at the same time, like cocaine, trapping both of these chemicals in the brain, so the user doesn't come down. It's a dangerous situation, leading to a high that some drug abuse experts describe as up to 13 times more potent than cocaine. The altered mental status it brings can lead to panic attacks, agitation, paranoia, hallucinations and violent behavior.-http://abcnews.go.com/Health/bath-salts-dangerous-drug-increasing-us/story?id=16496076#.T-3K_BfbCmA Citing an “imminent threat to public safety,” the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) made illegal the possession and sale of three of the chemicals commonly used to make bath salts -- the synthetic stimulants mephedrone, MDPV, and methylone. The ban, issued in October 2011, is effective for at least a year. -http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/features/bath-salts-drug-dangers, Matt McMillen Reviewed on March 23, 2012 Bath salts contain amphetamine-like chemicals such as methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV), mephedrone, and pyrovalerone. They’re referred to as a “designer drug of the phenethylamine class” by the Drug Enforcement Administration. Other drugs in this class include amphetamines, mescaline, and ephedrine. MDPV comes in a powdered form that is inhaled, swallowed or shot into a vein. Bath Salts are sold as "cocaine substitutes" or "synthetic LSD". -http://thechart.blogs.cnn.com/2012/05/29/why-bath-salts-are-dangerous/ CNN Health May 29th, 2012 Using Bath Salts can have some very unintended consiquences. The chemicals within the active ingrediant in most of these products act as central nervous system stimulants. This can cause extremely high heart rate, chest pain, nosebleeds, sweating, nausea, and vomiting. The manufacturers put uncontrolled or unregulated substances into their products, and the effects are unknown and can be VERY dangerous. According to the DEA, people who abuse these substances also reported effects including impaired perception of reality, reduced motor control, and decreased ability to think clearly.