Across the country, packets of white powder with names like Vanilla Sky, Ivory Wave and White Rush are being sold in convenience stores and gas stations. The packets are labeled and sold as “bath salts.” The name sounds harmless. In reality, they are dangerous drugs.
These dangerous products contain a designer or synthetic drug, mephedrone or MDPV. It’s an amphetamine. It’s a central nervous system stimulant, so it will increase your blood pressure, increase your heart rate, can cause anything from chest pain, heart attack, stroke. Those are just the physical symptoms. Some psychological (symptoms include) delusions, paranoia, psychosis. They’re highly addictive and very dangerous.
They’ve become the latest designer drug to raise alarms, as enterprising chemists find ways to stay a step ahead of drug laws. Poison control centers around the country fielded 235 calls relating to synthetic cathinones, commonly known as “bath salts,” last year, and already have seen 214 cases this year, according to the American Assn. of Poison Control Centers.
These dangerous products can spur self-destructive ‘highs’ but are legal in most states, and can even be sold to minors. The products have been linked to overdoses or drug-induced suicides, not to mention hospitalizations, and investigators recently confirmed the presence of bath salt drugs in the blood of a man who killed a sheriff’s deputy in Tippah County, Miss., ABC News reported.
If you have lost a loved one as a result of these dangerous drugs, a personal injury attorney will be able to provide you with important information during this emotional time.