There has been a craze, of new synthetic drugs hitting the market. The newest and most dangerous, also seems to be the most popular. This drug is called “bath salt”, but it also is known as: Ivory Wave, Bliss, White Lightning, Hurricane Charlie, Red Dove and Vanilla Sky.
Since this is a newer type of drug on the market most users feel that traces of bath salt cannot be detected on drug tests. THIS IS NOT THE CASE. Although bath salts do not appear on the standard home drug test, there is another screening device out there that can detect bath salts thru a person’s urine.
Laboratories are able to identify the psychoactive ingredients contained in bath salt. The two harmful synthetic compounds in it are mephedrone and methylenedioxpyrovalerone (MDPV). Although these are legal compounds they are not meant to be consumed by humans and are sold as dangerous research chemicals.
The effects from consuming bath salt is a heightened sense of reality that is similar to ecstasy as well as an energy high similar to cocaine. The dangerous effects from these substances include increased heart rate, high blood pressure, chest pain, seizures, hallucinations, paranoia, dizziness, vomiting, profuse sweating and temporary psychotic just to name a few.
In one instance of a drug high turned violent, one Neil Brown of Pennsylvania become psychotic after snorting bath salts. Only he knows what he saw that day, but the visions were so maddening that it made him grab a knife and repeatedly slashed his face and stomach. He has survived this horrific incident, but others have not been so lucky when it comes to a bath salt overdose.
Traces of mephedrone and mdpv bath salts were first detected in 2009, in police laboratory testing from seized evidence. Although in 2009 no cases were filed with regard to bath salts, it has drastically changed since 2011.
In 2010 there were approximately 236 cases of bath salt overdose calls to poison control centers. Records indicate that within the first three months of 2011 there have been 248 cases. So in only three short months, the sheer amount of cases have over lapsed last years numbers.
As company’s find new ways to create synthetic or designer drugs, the drug testing companies are having to keep up, with new methods of screening to continue fighting this war against substance abuse and addiction.
Hopefully with more employers and officials using bath salt drug testing, this will create a deterrent for use, and it brings down the popularity of this horrible synthetic drug.