Get ready everybody, there is a new “legal” stimulant in town, and kids have discovered it. This powerful and dangerous stimulant is MPDV or methylenedioxypyrovalerone and it’s marketed as bath salts. Yes, you read right: bath salts.
Available online, in gas stations and drug paraphernalia stores as bath salts and plant food, it comes with names like: “Ivory Wave” “Tranquility” and “Vanilla Sky.” These are designer stimulants comparable to cocaine, ecstasy and methamphetamine but experience is proving them to be much more dangerous.
Physicians in Emergency rooms who have encountered patients high on MPDV describe them as psychotic, difficult to restrain, confused, and paranoid. What is really scary is that patients on MPDV are not easy to sedate with standard medications used for drug toxicity/overdose and it is reminding doctors of a bad PCP trip that has been doing pushups.
The active ingredients are methylenedioxypyrovalerone (known as MPDV) and mephedrone. How are they legal? Well, while the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved them for human consumption, but they have not been banned by the DEA.
What can you expect from MPDV? MPDV can cause chest pains, increased blood pressure and heart rate, agitation, hallucinations, extreme paranoia and delusions. Remember these are legal, available readily over the counter and online, with no age limit.
Bath salts are popular among teenagers because they have become a quick and easy method of getting high. Sold for about $30 for a small container, the substance can be legally purchased and its chemical makeup is untraceable on some drug tests.
In the last year, several U.S. states have banned the substances but most have not.