When I moved to U.S., I promised myself to travel to every state. Now I am definitely having some doubts about Florida. I am sure most of you heard about the recent gruesome face-eating accident in Miami. If you didn’t, I will make the story short and just say that a young man was shot for eating another man’s face. It is believed that the attacker was high on bath salts.
Yes, you read it right, bath salts. When I heard this for the first time, I thought, “How on earth do you get high on bath salts?!”
Lovers of relaxing mineral baths can remain calm and continue to enjoy taking baths, because the bath salts that you put in your tub and the bath salts that the face-eating man used are completely different. In fact, these bath salts have nothing in common except the name.
The bath salts that made it to top news last month is a synthetic drug. It was named “bath salts” to deceive police and make it easier for distribution. The drug is also known as “Vanilla Sky,” “Ivory Wave,” or “Bliss.”
Bath salts have a tremendous amount of ingredients, but the main components are methadone, methylone and MDPV. All of these three ingredients are very strong stimulants and produce effects something similar to meth or ecstasy. I took a substance abuse class as part of my bachelor’s degree last semester. I learned that stimulants make people feel really good. Many addicts described the first highs as being on top of the world, energetic, strong, and beautiful.
However, this part, of course, does not last very long. After the first couple of times, a person has to increase the dose because it is not as enjoyable anymore. Then a drug has to be taken just to feel any kind of pleasure. Before you know it, you cannot function or get up in the morning without it. There is no more energy, strength or beauty … just the drug.
In addition to being addictive, stimulants also make people paranoid, give them vivid hallucinations and panic attacks, cause hostility and aggression, encourage suicidal thoughts, and cause some physical changes, as well.
Bath salts are a relatively new drug and have been around only for a few years, but they are shocking people with violence, extreme paranoia and hallucinations. Thirty-eight states including Alaska announced the drug and its components illegal. However, as my research showed, the drug is still easily accessible online.
Toxicology reports on the case in Miami are not released yet. If prior assumptions are right, and the guy was under influence of bath salts, the zombie apocalypse might occur sooner than anybody ever expected. On this note, I will stop preaching … but before I go, I strongly encourage you to enjoy the summer and stay away from drugs!