Real Life Zombies: Bath Salt Injuries

Bath Salt InjuriesBath Salts” is the street-name for a category of drugs so dangerous, they can literally cause cannibalistic attacks. The most notorious case was the face-eating cannibal attack. This happened May 26th, 2012 when a homeless man, under the influence of bath salts, attacked another homeless man and gnawed on his face, exposing bone, all the way down to his goatee. It took four police bullets to stop the atrocious attack. Although this may sound like a scene from a zombie movie, this bizarre incident was not singular. A string of related attacks continued, along with numerous emergency room visits. And, the most terrifying part is that these substances are even more accessible than cigarettes or alcohol.

Pharmacology

The chemical composition of these synthetic drugs is not exactly known. There are many different types of derivatives made by illegal “street-chemists.” They are also referred to as Purple Wave,Vanilla Wave,Bliss, Disco, Cloud 9, among others. They typically contain a cathinone, typically methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV), methylone or mephedrone. Because the chemical composition varies widely, the precise effects they have on the brain are not clearly known. According to Narconon, even drug tests may not determine that bath salts were involved in a serious adverse effect since the newest tests only detect fourteen common chemicals used in these formulas. There are more than eighty chemicals that might be included.The one thing that is certain is that they clearly have nothing to do with taking a bath.

Effects

Bath salts can be snorted, injected, smoked, and/or dissolved into food or drink. These powerful drugs cause fits, hallucination, and most notably aggression. They may also cause suicidal thoughts or attempts, as well as psychotic delusions. They are also very harmful physically, and there have been many deaths and injuries caused by using bath salts. Some of the physical symptoms include rapid heart rate, high blood pressure, agitation, liver and kidney failure, seizures, heart attack, severe fever, and brain swelling.

Are Bath Salts Illegal?

Bath salts were readily available at convenience stores, head-shops, and online. Many states have made efforts to stave off the wave of emergency room visits and violent attacks by making them illegal in many states. However, since the chemical composition varies so much, it is very difficult to regulate. ‘Street-chemists’ are able to continually change the molecular composition so that it remains undetected. Many of the known ingredients in bath salts are now illegal.

Users and Addiction

Anyone can get their hands on bath salts quite easily. At about $20 a packet, they are not only affordable, but easily available in small packets at most gas stations. This new trend might stem from the fact that “bath salts” are practically undetectable in urine toxicology screenings. They are also becoming common in members of the military, where members can face big reprimands for drug use. The oral aggression, or cannibalistic attacks, that are becoming more prevalent may be due to another change in the composition of the substance. Bath salts are extremely addictive. Researchers from The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), have found that they can possibly even be more addictive than meth, which is currently the most addictive drug on the market.

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Author: Joan Evans

Joan Evans is a mental health specialist and has a great interest in personality disorders. In her spare time she likes to go to the woods with her golden retriever, Leroy, and write fiction.

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