March 21, 2011

A New Drug High For Kids: Bath Salts

(Ivanhoe Newswire)-- There may be a new "it" drug on the market-- and it might be completely legal. After the drug "miaow miaow," or mephedrone, was banned in England in April of 2010, a new drug called "ivory wave" has risen to prominence to take its place. Though an article in Emergency Medical Journal claims it is as yet unclear if it contains illegal ingredients, ivory wave has been implicated in hospital admissions and deaths throughout England.

Ivory wave, which also goes by the names "ivory coast," "purple wave," and "vanilla sky," is sold online as bath salts and can be snorted or swallowed. Analysis has shown it usually contains the stimulant methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) as well as the anaesthetic lignocaine, but the recipe is not consistent and ivory wave can vary in content. However, MDPV can have effects in doses as low as 5 mg.

The effects of ivory wave are an initial euphoria, followed by other symptoms that can occur up to a day after using. These symptoms can last as long as a full week after taking the drug, and they include paranoid psychosis, insomnia, dizziness, chest pains, overstimulation of the nervous and cardiovascular systems, and kidney-damaging variations in blood pressure.

SOURCE: Emergency Medicine Journal, March, 2011