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Bath Salts in NYT

The New York Times ran an article this weekend on the Bath Salts epidemic.

Dr. Jeffrey J. Narmi could not believe what he was seeing this spring in the emergency room at Schuylkill Medical Center in Pottsville, Pa.: people arriving so agitated, violent and psychotic that a small army of medical workers was needed to hold them down.

They had taken new stimulant drugs that people are calling “bath salts,” and sometimes even large doses of sedatives failed to quiet them.

“There were some who were admitted overnight for treatment and subsequently admitted to the psych floor upstairs,” Dr. Narmi said. “These people were completely disconnected from reality and in a very bad place.”

Similar reports are emerging from hospitals around the country, as doctors scramble to figure out the best treatment for people high on bath salts. The drugs started turning up regularly in the United States last year and have proliferated in recent months, alarming doctors, who say they have unusually dangerous and long-lasting effects...

Bath salts contain manmade chemicals like mephedrone and methylenedioxypyrovalerone, or MDPV, also known as substituted cathinones. Both drugs are related to khat, an organic stimulant found in Arab and East African countries that is illegal in the United States.

We've posted on DoseNation about all the weird stuff people strung out on salts get into. No labels, no dosage recommendations, white powder to pass around among the rabble. Express ticket to paranoid psychosis, yup.

[Thanks Sam Hell and Darren!]

Posted By jamesk at 2011-07-18 11:25:04 permalink | comments
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guest : 2011-07-23 03:39:18
Sounds like a dangerous drug when you do some research about it, but making it illegal will not stop people consuming it, besides I wanna try it sometime but in Belgium, Europe I can't find it.
dononamous. : 2011-07-20 08:21:02
ugh excuse my re-visioning these errors, PILLIAM is a username.

D-amp vs M-amp is 1:3 on potency, but the cathinone derivatives vs mdpv is like 5ish:1, but im not going to research the rcs to make this a more sound figure, and its not even like its a fair comparison on 1 drug to another.
I think there is possibly some confusion, also between European companies working with bath salt marketers stateside. EU amphetamine "base" there is like 95%ish cut heavier with vitamin c, and which may or not effect psycho-pharmacology, while M-amp is more common so there maybe confusion on equitable weight differences.

Dononamous. : 2011-07-19 13:44:59
That ratio is maybe wrong... But also is my I imagined idea of whats a small army according to the NYT
dt. : 2011-07-18 12:55:00
Too bad the only solution discussed is a ban. No one wants to snort themselves into psychosis... put some warning labels and instructions on the stuff, or legalize safer stimulants to undercut the market.
Pilliam. : 2011-07-18 12:52:24
I also don't mean to gossip, but I'm pretty sure I also have spoke with that crackheadoid goat slaying cross dresser online before he got into the news.
Dononamous. : 2011-07-18 12:19:23
I once read of some one on 420 getting a bunch of uncut mdpv** at a non rip off price and snorting 10 doses of it at once thinkig it was another much less efficient drug. I think that's some what the picture of the what the marketplace got ppl into.

I've never had a bathsalt myself* so I'm not sure if what it is. It maybe sound trip or not exempt from delusions of a pro-noiac grandeur.

* a couple years before I did become a crazy amphetamine and even piparizine enthusiast AND LOVED I MEAN LOVE to take long baths of Epsom salt during the tweaks, so I find this.

**for noobies, mdpv is potent of course by a figure of 10 then some other drugs passed off as bathsalts, and like methamphetamines which is equally potent compared to amphetamine, overdoses and subsequent recoding of binges land people in bad places.

guest : 2011-07-18 11:42:45
I just don't understand how these kids think its a good idea.

In all liklihood they'd be safer with amphetamines or concaine :S At least we have a good few decades on what they do and what they're likely to be cut with and so on.

Plus if you're buying anything illicit you *should* be buying from someone whos on what they're selling anyway.

I guess it points out a massive flaw in drug prohibition; fools, the easily led and the weak will jump the gun largely on the basis it is legal, rather than on the basis of any reasoning.

Oh my....they sound like the people that banned Marijuana.

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