Parents warned of bath salts trend in latest drug use among teens
Most bath salts contain some form of sodium, glycerin and a fragrance. The latest trend in drug use is not your typical bath salt. In a recent KMOV, News Channel 4 report in St. Louis, there is a new recreational drug being used by teens and college-aged students in Missouri. The white powdery substance is being sold legally by labeling it as bath salts. It is not actually a bath salt but is, instead, intended to be used as a hallucinogenic drug known as Methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV), MDPK, Mtv, Magic, Peeve or Super Coke (as it is similar to cocaine). This substance is being sold as falsely labeled bath salts, plant food or insect repellents under the names Cloud 9, Ivory Wave, Hurricane Charlie, Red Dove, Ocean, Charge Plus, White Lightning, White Dove and Scarface. When inhaled, smoked, swallowed, injected or snorted; the drug acts much like cocaine giving its users hallucinations, raising blood pressure, increasing in heart rates and even bringing on thoughts of suicide, sometimes with the attempt or successful attempt to follow. According to the News 4 report:
The Missouri Poison Center at Cardinal Glennon has already seen more cases of bath salt abuse than the entire year of 2010.
Drug use on school campuses is perhaps one of the reasons some families choose to keep their children home to educate them and avoid the unnecessary pressure from peers. Unfortunately, these trendy drugs can find their way into even the most well-meaning parent's home. Fortunately, as a concerned and active parent, you have the opportunity to prevent your children from choosing these mood-altering substances. But, they make the ultimate decision as to whether or not they will heed your advice.
Children of parents who keep communication lines open and provide a loving environment in which to find respite are less likely to experiment with harmful substances. And, if they do, they are more likely to find help in overcoming an addiction.