Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Will Your Kids Turn Into Zombies?

Miami "Zombie" - High On Bath Salts? Drug Warning
LABELLE, FL. -- You may have heard something about a “zombie” attack in Miami over the weekend. The truth is a 31 year-old man was shot and killed by police while eating another man’s face. Preliminary reports are that this was drug-related; possibly a more potent form of LSD or Bath Salts, a synthetic drug that is sold in head shops and convenience stores throughout Florida.

Due to the danger posed when taking Bath Salts it has been banned for sale nationally and possession is illegal, yet stores are continuing to sell Bath Salts and Synthetic marijuana (that has also been banned). If your neighborhood store sells these, please ask them to remove them – or report stores that are selling to law enforcement.

Bath Salts Overview
Synthetic stimulants that are marketed as “bath salts” are often found in a number of retail products. These synthetic stimulants are chemicals. The chemicals are synthetic derivatives of cathinone, a central nervous system stimulant, which is an active chemical found naturally in the khat plant. Mephedrone and MDPV (3-4 methylene-dioxypyrovalerone) are two of the designer cathinones most commonly found in these “bath salt” products. Many of these products are sold over the Internet, in convenience stores, and in “head shops.”

Street Names
Bilss, Blue Silk, Cloud Nine, Drone, Energy-1, Ivory Wave, Lunar Wave, Meow Meow, Ocean Burst, Pure Ivory, Purple Wave, Red Dove, Snow Leopard, Stardust, Vanilla Sky, White Dove, White Knight, White Lightening

“Bath salt” stimulant products are sold in powder form in small plastic or foil packages of 200 and 500 milligrams under various brand names. People who abuse these substances have reported agitation, insomnia, irritability, dizziness, depression, paranoia, delusions, suicidal thoughts, seizures, and panic attacks. Users have also reported effects including impaired perception of reality, reduced motor control, and decreased ability to think clearly.

Lnks to news articles as well as informational presentations about the drugs.

Presentation on Alternate Drugs of Abuse

-submitted by Bianca Ross, Drug Free Hendry, Hendry County Health Department

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