In recent reports accross the country "bath salt" abuse has become a national epidemic within a very short period of time sending hundreds of people to the ER and the cause of many deaths. Pennsylvania, Louisiana, North Dakota, Florida, and the cities Atlanta Georgia, and Barberton, Ohio have banned "bath salts". Legislators in Hawaii, Kentucky, and Mississippi have introduced bills to ban the drug. Collaboratively all states need to band together in efforts to make these synthetic chemicals banned entirely in the USA. Bath Salts are now banned in both Canada and the UK.
"Bath salts" and other synthetic drugs don't show up on routine "drug test screens". The chemicals used to create "bath salts" are called: MDPV, Mephedrone, and Methylone. The problem is the synthetic chemicals used in the bath salts -- mephedrone, a synthetic chemical similar to one used in cocaine, and MDPV and Methylone are psychoactive stimulants. In some people, the nasty side effects are lasting weeks and sometimes months after use. These chemicals are highly addictive in turn, causing intense cravings for the "bath salts". These stimulants affect the neurotransmitters in the brain which may permanently alter one's mentality through changes in the brain chemistry. The side effects include paranoia, hallucinating, severe anxiety, terrifying dreams, suicide, etc. Since the "bath salts" are marketed as "Not for Human Consumption" testing hasn't been performed on humans to know of the lasting affects on humans.
This drug has been banned in some states, but is still completely legal in others. This product is highly dangerous and legal action must be taken to prevent further tragedy.
My son Jay died on March 25, 2011 at the age of 18. "bath salts" played a significant part in his spiral downward to his death...I know from reading my son's journal, the ONLY reason he decided to use "bath salts" was because one of his friends told him "bath salts" wouldn't show up on drug screen tests. My son had to enter a drug re-hab institution because of using "bath salts" and to make a long story short, relapsed after he left the drug-rehab institution and started using "bath salts" again while attending an intensive out-patient rehab....in efforts to once again pass drug screen tests with the benefits of getting a quick fix/high. He also justified the "legality" of using "bath salts" as he wasn't commiting a crime. At first he bought "bath salts" from local smoke shops in the Summerlin area of Las Vegas, Nevada and then found them accessable at all Las Vegas smoke shops which are found next to practically every grocery store in the state of Nevada. It may seem hard to understand the use of "bath salts" to get a high...but in reality, addiction is desperation which = the use of "bath salts" and any other means to get a quick fix/high.
As a mother who has lost her young son to addiction; I want to help others through my son Jay's story of using "bath salts". I ask that something please be done to ban this product ("bath salts": MDPV, Mephedrone, and Methylone) and to prohibit it's availability for purchase in smoke shops, gas stations, the internet, etc. My son Jay had it all....he was"the golden boy" and If this tragedy can happen in my family...it can happen to any family, no family is immune.