Most bath salts contain some form of sodium, glycerin and a fragrance. The latest trend in drug use is not your typical bath salt. There is a new recreational drug being used by teens and college-aged students across the nation and all social circles. The white powdery substance is being sold legally by labeling it as bath salts.
While it is not actually a bath salt but instead, is intended to be used as a hallucinogenic drug known as Methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV), MDPK, Mtv, Magic, Peeve or Super Coke (as it is similar to cocaine). This substance is purposely falsely labeled bath salts, plant food or insect repellents under the names Cloud 9, Ivory Wave, Hurricane Charlie, Red Dove, Ocean, Charge Plus, White Lightning, White Dove and Scarface so it can be sold legally.
When inhaled, smoked, swallowed, injected or snorted; the drug acts much like cocaine giving its users hallucinations, raising blood pressure, increasing in heart rates and even bringing on thoughts of suicide, sometimes with the attempt or successful attempt to follow. Health experts at many poison control centers are reporting that they have already seem more cases thus far in 2011 than they saw in all of 2010.
Drug use on school campuses is perhaps one of the reasons some families choose to keep their children home to educate them and avoid the unnecessary pressure from peers. Unfortunately, these trendy drugs can find their way into even the most well-meaning parent’s home. Fortunately, as a concerned and active parent, you have the opportunity to prevent your children from choosing these mood-altering substances. But, they make the ultimate decision as to whether or not they will heed your advice.
When you are concerned that your child “might” just once try it, you need to take every precaution you can including installing a Cleared2Drive system on your child’s vehicle so at least you are assured that they won’t be driving while under the influence of this or any other drug.