In downtown Indianapolis, up to 25 individuals reportedly overdosed on synthetic drugs in a shelter for homeless men in early February 2018. Two individuals were arrested for allegedly providing bath salts or spice, which may have been laced with phenylcyclohexylpiperidine (PCP), to the inmates of the Wheeler Mission homeless shelter.
In late February 2018, in St. Francois County, Missouri, the Bonne Terre Police Department came across a violent young man who was attacking inanimate objects. A closer observation suggested that the man was completely unaware of his surroundings. The officers took him to a hospital in handcuffs to investigate the reason for his maniacal behavior. The reports revealed he was under the influence of flakka, a drug closely related to bath salts.
A 44-year-old Southern Illinois man was recently sentenced to 10 years in prison for possession of bath salts and intent to distribute them. Ryan Harmon admitted that he and his accomplices would order alpha-Pyrrolidinopentiophenone (alpha-PVP) online from China and sell the drug to customers. According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), alpha-PVP is capable of inducing hallucination, paranoia and violent behavior in users.
In Bay City of Bay County, Michigan, two local men were recently charged with selling a significant amount of bath salts in the area. When the Bay Area Narcotics Enforcement Team executed a search warrant on a house hoping to find fentanyl, it discovered over 100 grams of ethylpentylone, commonly known as bath salts. Both the accused later admitted to the presence of bath salts in the house.
Such incidents show that the use of bath salts and similar drugs is rising significantly across the U.S. In fact, law enforcement authorities and poison control centers nationwide feel bath salts with their complex chemical names are becoming a menace in several states, including Southern California. With names like Cloud Nine, Red Dove, Lunar Wave, Bliss, White Lightning, Vanilla Sky, and Hurricane Charlie, the ingredients in bath salts can cause paranoia, accelerated heart beats, hallucinations, kidney failure and suicidal thoughts.
Experts say bath salts infuse a prolonged high in users, which makes them experience a high degree of delirium, super-human strength, increased sex drive, and intense euphoria. Smoking, injecting, snorting or even swallowing the drug triggers a dopamine surge, the main reason for such adrenaline-fueled psychosis. Unfortunately, most unsuspecting users fall for the so-called name “bath salt,” which, in reality, has nothing to do with bathing. Rather, it is a name given to a class of designer drugs, also known as synthetic cathinones, so that they slip under the radar of law enforcement authorities. In the absence of any legitimate therapeutic benefits, bath salts are only used for their mind-altering effects.
Fighting addiction to bath salts
Studies suggest that bath salts are synthetic substances that stimulate the central nervous system (CNS) just like psychedelics, methamphetamine and cocaine. Binging on bath salts causes a phenomenal dopamine rush in regions of the brain, which control reward centers, pushing users toward dependence. Owing to its high potential for abuse, the DEA has classified 3, 4-methylenedioxypyrovalerone, mephedrone, and methylone — the active ingredients used to manufacture bath salts — as Schedule I drugs.
The detoxification process to break free from the shackles of bath salts and other party drugs like ecstasy or lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) can be complicated, as it depends on the unique composition of the substance abused. However, addiction to bath salts is treatable. If you or your loved one is struggling with addiction to bath salts or any other synthetic drug, contact Sovereign Health, which is a leading drug treatment provider in the U.S. Specialists at our world-class bath salts addiction treatment centers in California are trained to identify the underlying causes and prescribe customized detox programs to treat a patient holistically. You may call our 24/7 helpline or chat online with one of our representatives for more information on our treatment programs.