Bradford County Drug Related Deaths at All-Time High
Numerous news headlines about a synthetic drug called "bath salts," and bizarre harmful behavior it causes, has captured the nation's attention for the past few years. But in Bradford County, Pennsylvania, the crisis of bath salts use has reached epidemic proportions, resulting in more drug-related deaths in the past six months than the entire previous year. The Bradford County Coroner says that seventeen drug-related deaths have occurred between January and June 2012, with users abusing everything from prescription drugs to cocaine. However, the surprising aspect of the report is the growing number of deaths related to the use of bath salts.
MDPV (short for Methylenedioxypyrovalerone), is one of the synthetic stimulants used to produce bath salts. Authorities and health physicians have viewed this rise in MDPV in Bradford and elsewhere as a frightening new trend, attributing the easy availability of bath salts, which can be found just about anywhere from mini-markets to smoke shops, to their growing use.
"Ivory Wave," "Purple Wave," Vanilla Sky," and "Bliss" are all among the many street names for a designer drug known as “bath salts.” Whether snorted, injected, or smoked, the drug has been known for producing severe agitation, extreme paranoia, hallucination, as well as suicidal tendencies. These are the effects of the three chemicals commonly used to make bath salts – the synthetic stimulants mephedrone, MDPV, and methylone. Citing an “imminent threat to public safety,” the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (D.E.A.) issued a one-year ban, effective October 2011, on the possession and sale of the three chemicals.
Addicted to Bath Salts and/or Other Substances?
When an individual is suffering from a severe case of substance abuse, the best course of action to take is to get the individual to seek addiction treatment. If that is not possible, and there is a concern about the well being of the addicted individual, family/friends should seek the help of a professional interventionist. Interventions usually occur after some crisis-situation, or dramatic episode occurs, and family/friends are convinced that their loved one is destroying their life and needs professional help. Being addicted to a substance, whether it’s bath salts, alcohol, prescription pills, or any other drug, can have destructive or fatal consequences, as seen in Bradford County. Sadly, it is very possible for death to occur after only one use; many individuals aren’t lucky enough to get a second chance and recover.
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