The National Institute on Drug Abuse research published in this week's Neuropsychopharmacology shows MDPV, a synthetic chemical commonly found in those nasty, awful, life-threatening drugs referred to as "bath salts," is more dangerous than cocaine when tested in rodents.
This study shows MDPV prolonged the effects of two neurotransmitters, dopamine and norepinephrine, and produced hyperactivity, rapid heart rate and increased blood pressure, all highly dangerous symptoms. While this study was done in rodents, it could explain why these substances are so addictive and highly dangerous in humans. MDPV is the chief substance found in the blood and urine of emergency room patients who have overdosed on "bath salts."
This product sold most commonly in your local community gas station/pick-up-any-kind-of-beer-you-need store has been a leader in psychotic acts lately.
The executive director of another Mental Health and Recovery Services Board was telling of a case where an individual on "bath salts" cut off his arm with a chain saw.
Now you tell me, is this the kind of product you want your loved one to have access to in your community?
Really, please look up "bath salts" online and make your own decision. If you don't like what you read, go to your local place and find out whether they have this product on their shelves.
And then somehow insist they remove it. Boycott? March in front of the store?
Sometimes, we need to take a stand before someone else is hurt or dies of an overdose or a psychotic act brought on by this drug.
The Mental Health and Recovery Services Board is committed to sharing information and resources for better mental health and the prevention of substance abuse.
If you would like more information, call the Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot Counties at (419) 448-0640. The board's office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.