The latest drug on the streets, nicknamed Bath Salts or Bath Powder, first began appearing in 2009 among teens and young adults. Originally sold legally over the counter, the synthetic stimulant products sold as Bath Salts are know by brand names include energy-1, Ivory Wave, Red Dove, Purple Wave, Blue Silk, Zoom, Bloom, Cloud 9, Vanilla Sky, White Lightning, Scarface, and Hurricane Charlie, etc.
Bath salts contain amphetamine-like chemicals such as methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) and are sold as “cocaine substitutes” or “synthetic LSD.” Its effects include paranoia, confusion, combative/violent behavior, hallucinations, convulsions and psychotic episodes. Police say suspects on Bath Salts appear to have super-human strength due to the fact that they feel no pain. It’s being described as “PCP on Crack.”
The Drug Enforcement Administration’s forensic monitoring system found two reports of MDPV in 2009. In 2010 that figure jumped to 338 cases. Between January through September 2011, the numbers skyrocketed to 911 MDPV cases, spanning 34 states.
Just recently, the brand Cloud 9 of bath salts has been linked to zombie-like and cannibalistic behavior, including a horrific attack in Miami, where a naked man chewed the face off a homeless man.
What’s worse, is the drug dealers on the street are trying to stay a step ahead of the law. As certain chemicals become illegal, the makers are exchanging for other chemicals making their brand legal and also more and more dangerous.