Dangers of Bath Salts Abuse

Bath Salt Drug Abuse

Bath salts are still being sold despite bans in many states and a federal ban against them. These products are not your traditional or actual bath salts at all. They are a concoction of a variety of synthetic chemicals designed to create a methamphetamine-like high. The chemicals in them may change one day to the next. This makes predicting their effects very difficult. In fact, when the federal government and individual states banned substances like these, it listed out the known ingredients at the time, but back room chemists continue to change an ingredient here and there to keep evading the laws. Some of the chemicals making up bath salts are mephedrone, pyrovalerone and methylenedioxy-provalerone (MPDV).

The death of a 29-year-old man in Clarendon, Vermont, points out the dangerousness of these drugs. Christopher Tsacoyeanes died from taking bath salts. The Central Vermont Medical Center says it is seeing four to five patients a week who are high on bath salts, and Dr. Mark Depman, Emergency Department director at that hospital says it is one of their bigger problems. These meth-imitating drugs are being blamed for inducing zombie-like behavior in its users, frequently causing hallucinations, paranoia, violent tantrums and kidney failure. They also are known to cause high blood pressure, chest pains, rapid heart rate, agitation, among a number of other physical and psychological problems, including suicidal ideas, delusions and addiction.

Dr. Depman adds, “These are unpredictable drugs.” This is partly due to the constantly changing formula as well as the unpredictable dosage that people take. Another disturbing fact is that these drugs are marketed to young people, teenagers more often than others, who are making themselves guinea pigs. "The people who are using these compounds are literally guinea pigs in a game that these manufacturers are in to make money at the expense of your health and your addiction," Depman said.

Vermont is not alone in trying to control these dangerous drugs or in the prevalence of deaths caused by them. Many other states can be found in which families share the tragedies of deaths due to bath salts. In Maine in January of 2012, a report was published that described the overdose death of Ralph E. Willis, age 32 of Bangor. He apparently took so much of the bath salts that he was delusional and attempted to beat himself up minutes before he had three consecutive heart attacks, which killed him. Willis consumed a toxic level of methylenedioxypyrovalerone, or MDPV, a key ingredient of bath salts, and died accidentally from “complications of MDPV toxicity,” the report says.

And in Ohio in 2011, bath salts were found to be the cause of sixteen deaths. These people who died included nine overdoses from bath salts or bath salts in conjunction with other drugs, five accidental deaths and two suicides.

Each of these stories portrays an unnecessary death caused by addiction and the unregulated use of highly dangerous and addictive drugs. These are particularly dangerous drugs as they cause paranoia and delusions which can trigger a wide range of violent or suicidal behaviors. Usually such a drug user is completely disassociated from reality.

Narconon Provides a Safe Solution for Bath Salts and Other Addicts

At more than fifty locations around the world, one can find a drug-free, safe and effective program at Narconon to help an addict to kick his addiction to drugs. Narconon has helped tens of thousands of people over the past forty-five years to regain sobriety. Those who are addicted to bath salts as well as to any other drugs or alcohol are able to find a safe regimen for handling the physical as well as the psychological effects of drugs at Narconon.

One starts out at Narconon by handling the physical aspects of addiction with a reasonably tolerable withdrawal. An addict is given plenty of assistance and good nutrition during this time and is constantly supervised by Narconon staff. He can receive supplements such as vitamins and minerals to help calm the effects of withdrawing from drugs. In addition, the Narconon staff member will give the person a gentle, massage-like assist when needed to help calm the aches and pains.

When one has completed this phase, he is ready to begin the Narconon New Life Detoxification Program. He will have the opportunity to rid his body of the residues of drugs that are stored in the fatty tissues. This program produces results such as an ability to think more clearly, a fresh new outlook and far fewer cravings for more drugs.

The mental and emotional reasons for drug addiction are next addressed at Narconon with several life skills courses. A Narconon student learns the skills to enable him to live drug-free and help him to make drug-free decisions for handling his life in the future. He gets to the root cause of his starting to use drugs. Help is possible for anyone with a drug problem, as Narconon has shown with a success rate of 70% of its students who go on to live sober lives.

To learn more about the full Narconon program, visit www.narconon.org.


  • http://www.wcax.com/story/19165075/bath-salts-blamed-for-vt-mans-death
  • http://bangordailynews.com/2012/01/17/health/report-describes-how-bangor-bath-salts-user-died/
  • http://www.drugabuse.gov/about-nida/directors-page/messages-director/2011/02/bath-salts-emerging-dangerous-products

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