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Dr. Orrange received her BA in Biology at the University of California, San Diego, and a Masters Degree in Health Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health. She received her MD from the USC Keck School of…
The Newest Drug The Kids Are Taking: MPDV Bath Salt Stimulants
Posted in Prescription an... by Dr. Sharon Orrange on Feb 11, 2011
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.

Brace yourself.

Dr O.

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By johnlasseter  Mar 19, 2012
By DrOrrange  Apr 23, 2011
I've been reading up on MPDV bath salts. It seems pretty interesting that Florida is already on the front lines with this drug and looking into making it illegal. Not that they shouldn't be taking action. But I would think that Prescription Drugs in general in FL would be a bigger fish for them right now.

Do you think they are being so aggressive because of the side effects that can't be treated when users of MPDV come into the hospitals?
By PMFTreatment  Mar 22, 2011
I think that we need to have new laws, not regarding what is okay and what is not okay to take...more of regarding the action it self of taking any type of opinion!
By drwho546  Feb 13, 2011
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