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Is Your Child Using 'Bath Salts?'

The drug that fueled the Miami "naked zombie" attack is widely available, legal and extremely dangerous.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Bath salts is the drug used by Miami's "naked zombie," Rudy Eugene, 31, when he was found naked eating the face of another naked man, Ronald Poppo, 65. Police fatally shot Eugene when he refused to stop eating the man's face, and Poppo was in critical condition today, with the skin around his goatee the only flesh remaining of his face.

There is an emerging threat to the health of our younger generation. It comes in the form of a powdered substance marketed as “bath salts."

It sounds harmless enough, doesn’t it? After all, who doesn’t want to relax in a nice warm bath? The problem is, these bath salts are being taken internally.

According to a February 1, 2011 report entitled “DEA Names ‘Bath Salts’ Drug of Concern” on CBSNews.com, prior to 2010 there were no reports to Poison Control Centers of poisoning by this substance, but during 2010, there were 236 reports. These reports came from 33 different states.

The substance referred to as “bath salts” is actually a drug called MDPV (methylenedioxypyrovalerone) mixed with Mephedrone. It is a synthetic amphetamine stimulant with effects closely resembling Methamphetamine.

There are many variations of this drug with a huge variance in ingredients. It is packaged and marked as an item to be added to bath water, but in reality, it is smoked, snorted or mixed with food or drink.

Why is it called “bath salts”? This is a way for the manufacturers to bring the product to market without being immediately shut down by the DEA or the FDA. Bath salts are packaged in containers made to resemble a legitimate bath salt and are marked “not for human consumption." It is packaged in small jars of only a few grams that sell for as much as $80, or in small bags of half a gram or so.

In the CBS news report, Dr. Jennifer Ashton said the drug increases the heart rate and raises blood pressure, which can lead to a heart attack or stroke. She also noted psychological effects including delusions, paranoia and psychosis.

This drug is rapidly making its way around the country, likely due to sales on the internet. Several states have made it illegal but it will require a federal law to have it designated as a schedule one drug.

According to Dr. Ashton, legislation is being prepared to make it a controlled substance, but it takes time for the research and investigations to be done. In the mean time it is still widely available.

If you suspect your child is using this drug, you should take action immediately. There have already been hundreds of cases of overdose from the drug reported by hospitals around the country.

Since there is no control over production of this drug, the content and strength of it is unpredictable. The packaging does not typically list the ingredients. The bottom line is that this substance is very dangerous if taken internally, and Dr. Ashton has described it as “potentially life threatening."

John B. Good May 31, 2012 at 12:14 AM
Daaaammnn! Why don't the authorties start by suing the manufacturer and/or importer on behalf of victim for false advertising, etc? We sue McDonalds for hot coffee.
Troy May 31, 2012 at 12:23 AM
Wow, a few years ago it was Jenkum, now this... More evidence we should just legalize pot. The kids will find a way to get high no matter what the cost.
Patrick May 31, 2012 at 12:51 AM
Pretty late on regurgitating this story.
T 22 May 31, 2012 at 01:02 AM
Uggghhhhh! What do you say?
T 22 May 31, 2012 at 01:25 AM
Troy, you're right about that. People are using "spice", which is a synthetic thc substance. It's dangerous as well due to synthetic chemicals being involved. Used because you can't test for it, popular in the military and workforce where random drug tests are administered. But, I understand it's not safe to use. I've never seen anybody get all crazy on weed. Legalize it, tax it and take the criminal element out of it.
TVOR May 31, 2012 at 02:54 AM
I hope our legislators get with the program and ban this stuff.
SPB May 31, 2012 at 01:53 PM
All we need now is for the psychosis to become transferrable through personal contact and we'll have a full fledged Zombie Apocalypse on our hands.
V.W.D.S. May 31, 2012 at 02:53 PM
What is wrong with a good ole shot of Jack Daniels or Jose Cuervo? Everyone needs to relax once in awhile but wimps get high on drugs. Only cowards get high. Whiny wimpy cowards that can't face reality.
Carole Masson May 31, 2012 at 03:05 PM
The story really doesn't tell you how to know if your child is using bath salts and as usual bored, ignorant people will use this. Keeping your teens informed, busy and involved is the safest bet.
AFR May 31, 2012 at 04:06 PM
Ok, sooooo how can I "tell wether my child is using 'bath salts'?" Did I miss the story or link? This story should be called, "here's a picture of the crazy bastard that ate a man's face in Florida."
Just Another Citizen May 31, 2012 at 05:52 PM
Apparently we'll know that our children are using bath salts when they begin eating their friends.
Brenda May 31, 2012 at 07:17 PM
This is just horrible, right up there with sniffing everything they can find. Our kids need to stop and there is so much drugs and anything else you want in Temecula its a horrible epidemic. I agree Carole, but unfortunately there is a time in their teens that they ONLY want to be involved in what they want, and their own friends NOT US, and that is when the trouble begins. :/ Sure there are few kids that get past that certain time ok, but others don't and its those I will pray for always. Its a peer pressure we have now like we never even thought possible when we were that age, never.
Paul May 31, 2012 at 09:59 PM
Just an FYI it has not been confirmed that it was Bath Salts the blood test are not going to be back for a few weeks. Thank good the cops killed him, other wise i am sure we would have draged this out in his trial for years and cost the taxpayers a lot of money. One less worhtless sole on the planet.
TVOR May 31, 2012 at 10:28 PM
Let's not forget the victim of this crime who will be horribly disfigured for life, if he lives that is.
temeculan June 01, 2012 at 11:59 AM
Note to file: It was also reported (elsewhere) that the "eater" was high on LSD - a new form of LSD that is rather strong. LSD is not detectable in the body. Meth and LSD - not a good combo but if your kid is using either drug, it would be easy for a parent to tell - if they took time out of their busy day to look. Take your nose out of your laptop, iphone and/or video game and have a chat with your kid. Believe me, the chat would be wacky if they were under the influence of LSD/meth. And, comparing these drugs to pot is, well, ill-informed. Making pot available for your kid is a dumb thing to advocate - unless you want a couch potato, dim bulb loser for a kid. Just sayin'.
T 22 June 01, 2012 at 02:41 PM
Pot IS available to our children now, sold illegally. If it were legalized there would be more control than there is now. But, with that being said, it is extremely easy for them to get their hands on alcohol or any other drug out there. Maybe easier than most parents realize.
john June 03, 2012 at 08:45 AM
So how do u know if Thay are smoking it or not what should. I look for arond the house
TVOR June 05, 2012 at 04:24 AM
I googled "bath salts" and found some pretty scary information. If you are a parent you should do the same.

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