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It sounds like a harmless product, but don’t let the heavenly name of Cloud 9 fool you.
Cloud 9 is a drug that is gaining popularity among teenagers. The product is actually bath salts mostly sold in liquid form for use in e-cigarettes. Much like any other bath salt product, Cloud 9 contains the active component methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV), a substance that has exceedingly higher hallucinogenic effects than meth or cocaine.
The liquid drug is easy to procure in some retail stores, but is usually purchased online fairly easily. This convenient access to Cloud 9 bath salt poses a real danger to the young generation, based on a report by Inquisitr about more than 20 teenagers hospitalized as a result of taking bath salts within this year.
The drug’s meteoric rise to infamy stems from the fact that aside from its availability, it can mimic the euphoric effects of popular illicit drugs such as coke, meth, LSD and ecstasy. Immediate health risks arising from use of Cloud 9 and other similar bath salts include high blood pressure, irritability, nausea, dizziness, faster heart rate, and delusions. Meanwhile, some of the long-term effects are depression, neglect of commitments, and violent tendencies.
Other names of bath salts aside from Cloud 9 include Bubbles, Hookah Relax, and Purple Wave. Many of these products are sealed in packages that circumvent existing drug prohibition laws by labeling the substance “not for human consumption.”
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For Delaware senator Chris Coons, the pending legislation on banning ‘bath salts’ in the whole United States should be immediately passed if only to address the growing number of gruesome crime and violence happening across the country all due to the use of new and other designer drugs.
The incident wherein a homeless man was allegedly attacked and had his face almost completely gnawed by another man in Miami, believed to be under the influence of bath salts, is one of the many events that has alarmed the country.
“Stricter measures must be taken to stem the growing prevalence of bath salts and other new designer drugs,” Sen. Coons said.
A report from the American Association of Poison Control Centers showed that calls on bath salts episodes rose to 6,138 in 2011 from only 304 cases in 2010.
More and more users are favoring bath salts over other dangerous drugs because they are cheap yet they bring about the same effect like that of other illicit drugs. There are three commonly used active ingredients in bath salts which have been previously banned by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency – mephedone, methylone, and MDPV.
According to experts, bath salts makes a user reach an “excited delirium” state which leads to paranoia and other unpredictable and violent actions. Some drug authorities even claim that bath salts can bring a high up to 13 times more than cocaine. At this condition, individuals can easily wreak havoc as their mental states reach dangerous levels making them violent, agitated, panicky, and with severe hallucinations.
US DEA spokesman Rusty Payne said that cases of people committing heinous crimes when on “high” no longer surprises them. Most of the time, users end up desperate, hurting others and even themselves.
Online retailers are cashing in on bath salts through brands like “Purple” or “Wave” sold at $25 to $50 per 50mg pack.