Drug induced psychosis can be a direct result of ingesting a product known as bath salts. No, these are not your grandmother’s bath salts. These are drugs manufactured by street chemists under such names as “Ivory Wave,” “Purple Wave,” Vanilla Sky,” and “Bliss.”
Recently, a Florida man who sexually assaulted four students and went on a terrifying rampage ending in his eventual death by police gunfire was found to be under the influence of methylone. This is one of many synthetic drugs found in bath salts.
This substance can unhinge the user from reality, resulting in horrifying behavior changes, including drug induced psychosis. These are some of the side effects caused by ingestion of these drugs:
- Chest Pain
- Increased pulse
- High blood pressure
- Suicidal thinking and behavior
Even after the drug stimulation wears off, the suicidal behavior may persist.
Zane Horowitz, MD, is an ER doctor and medical director of the Oregon Poison Center. He points out that the makers of these drugs are constantly creating new versions in illicit laboratories. Dr. Horowitz says “It’s almost impossible to keep up… Enforcement of the laws is difficult but it’s getting better. But there’s an ongoing battle between those trying to develop the technology to test for these chemicals and the street chemists who are trying to stay ahead of the law. Unfortunately, the law won’t make this problem disappear. We’re going to continue to see a lot of this type of thing. It will always be in the shadows.”
Why would a young person engage in such dangerous activity in the first place?
Drug use, particularly amphetamine use has become “mainstream.” Psychiatrists who have been prescribing Ritalin and similar drugs for years have created a climate of drug-taking acceptance.
Some of the possible side effects of Ritalin are surprisingly similar to those of bath salts:
- Dangerously high blood pressure
- Unusual Behavior
- Chest Pain
- Suicidal thoughts and behavior
A child diagnosed with ADD or ADHD and put on Ritalin or a similar drug may undergo frightening personality changes. And Ritalin similarly is traded on the street for the “high” it affords.
One young man who spoke anonymously about his experience with Ritalin says it was prescribed to him in high school. His mother feared he would begin abusing it and took him off the drug. Now, five years later, He snorts Ritalin with friends.
The DEA defines Ritalin as “a Schedule II stimulant that produces pharmacological effects similar to those of cocaine and amphetamine.”
There is no mystery as to why a child would experiment with bath salts. Adults in his vicinity have already given tacit approval to drug use as a problem solver.
We have the psychiatric profession and Big Pharma to thank for the current plague of drug induced psychosis caused by bath salts and their “legal” counterparts. Without the so-called “help” of these men and women our children would not be exploring dangerous drugs as a way to solve life’s problems.