A bath salt sold in some stores across the country is becoming more, and more of a problem with teens, and adults alike. The salts are packaged and sold as Ivory Wave as well as other “hook” names.
Let’s make one thing perfectly clear, however. These ARE NOT bath salts. There is no relationship to these salts whatsoever. The folks who do manufacture, and sell the real salts for baths are taking hits on the relationship being made.
The marketing scheme for Ivory Wave, and other aliases is such that labeling them with, “not for human consumption,” allows circumventing laws regarding the substances contained therein. The manufacturers of these products know exactly what they’re doing, what the product is intended for, as well as who it is aimed at, kids! The substances contained in these products have absolutely nothing in common with bath salts.
The product contains the chemical methylenedioxypyrovalerone, also known as MDPV. These products may also contain mephedrone, ethcathinone, and/or 3-fluormethcathinone, and possibly other substances. One report indicated that 3 different analogs were found in a sample. However, the source is questionable.
Ethcathinone is a derivative of Methcathinone. Methcathinone is a DEA Schedule I chemical in the U.S. and illegal, and is not to be confused with methylmethcathinone (mephedrone). If all this sounds confusing, it is. BUt simply put, these altered chemicals duck and dodge laws as well as what they should, or can be used for. If it is something new, then no laws exist to restrict its use, especially when designated with the “not for human consumption” designation.
Mephedrone, known as 4-methylmethcathinone (4-MMC), or 4-methylephedrone, is a synthetic stimulant drug of the amphetamine class. Slang names include meph, drone, MCAT as well as others. Manufactured in China, the substance is chemically similar to that found in the khat plant of eastern Africa. It comes in powder, or tablets users can inject, snort, or speed-load into their mouthes that produces effects similar to MDMA, amphetamines and cocaine.
Methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV), a psychoactive drug, has stimulant properties. It acts on the norepinephrine-dopamine reuptake inhibitors in the brain. Dopamine is linked to the reward circuits and is responsible for addiction. It is also called the “feel good” neurotransmitter. This chemical has reportedly been sold since 2008 as a research chemical. Other names for it are Mtv, MDPK, Magic, Super Coke and Peevee. It was reportedly sold in 2010 as a legal drug alternative and marketed in the United States as “bath salts” where you could find it in gas stations or convenience stores.
The marketing scheme is similar to that for Spice, and K2 which sold as incense, and herbal smoking blends. Since November 24, 2010, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, DEA, announced it would make five synthetic cannabinoids Schedule I drugs within one month using their emergency powers making them illegal. Spice, or products similar, usually contained cannabicyclohexanol, JWH-018, JWH-073, or HU-210 which are basically research chemicals.
MDPV aliases also include Red Dove, Cloud 9, Ivory Wave, Vanilla Sky, Bliss, Hurricane Charlie, White Lightening, Charge Plus, and Scarface.
“Some say the effects of the powders are as powerful as abusing methamphetamine. Increasingly, law enforcement agents and poison control centers say the advertised bath salts with complex chemical names are an emerging menace in several U.S. states where authorities talk of banning their sale,” reported the Associated Press on Yahoo News.
Already a problem in the U.K, and Australia, the drug has been implicated in the death of a 24 year old man, and others.
Ivory Wave is easily available on the Internet, and one site states: “ORIGINAL IVORY WAVE HAS NOT HAD ANY BAD REPORTS AND IS ENJOYED BY MILLIONS WORLDWIDE WHEN USED AS DIRECTED. NOT FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION.” (Emphasis added)
The cost for this “drug” is about $30 for 200 milligrams according to Deseret News out of Salt Lake City, UT.
“Utah Poison Control Center reports Ivory Wave usage is a growing trend. Last year, the center hadn’t even heard about Ivory Wave, this year, there have been at least 50 documented calls nationwide,” reported Deseret News.
In Mississippi, “Family members are reporting that their loved ones are staying awake for as long as 72 hours in complete pandemonium. This new addiction is landing teens and adults in the emergency rooms,” and Lee County Sheriff, Jim Johnson says: “Hallucinations, seeing things that weren’t there. We had one individual in the backseat of our car that was just absolutely paranoid because he felt like cars were trying to run over him while he was in the patrol car.” reported Inspirationsyouth.com.
This substance is becoming a major problem here in the U.S., and some horror stories about it already exist.
“Dr. Richard Sanders, a general practitioner working in Covington, La., said his son, Dickie, snorted some of the chemicals and endured three days of intermittent delirium. Dickie Sanders missed major arteries when he cut his throat. As he continued to have visions, his physician father tried to calm him. But the elder Sanders said that as he slept, his son went into another room and shot himself,” reported The Republic out of Columbus, IN.
Ivory Wave, and it’s ilk, are showing up across the board in the U.S., and causing serious problems. Of course, you will find proponents of this substance that will argue with you about it’s safety. However, when substances are basically research chemicals, and used by people, they become guinea pigs in their own dangerous experiment.
Drug abuse is like that-an experiment that may eventually lead to full-blown addiction, severe medical, and mental problems, or even death.
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