Newest designer drug off limits to service members

| August 4, 2011 | 0 Comments

Rhonda Apple
Army News Service

ARLINGTON, Va. — Bath salts are the new “designer drug” that is becoming increasingly popular on the streets.

Designer drugs are created to get around existing drug laws, said Chris Miller, chief of detectives on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va.

“Unlike Spice (another designer drug), we want to be ahead of the game with bath salts,” Miller said. “We’ve talked to the local police departments, and they’re seeing it, and it’s only a matter of time before we see it.”

In May, the Drug Enforcement Agency exercised executive power to make Spice illegal to sell, distribute, possess and use.

“With bath salts, the packaging states ‘not fit for human consumption,’ the same as packaging for Spice,” Miller said.

“Bath salts are believed to be a synthetic form of cocaine; it’s 100 percent man-made. … They give the body the same effect (as cocaine),” Miller said. “A common symptom is flashbacks.”

He stressed that bath salts, which are usually snorted, “appear to be extremely addictive.”

Side effects include a host of maladies: increased heart rate, agitation, insomnia, lack of appetite, increased alertness, anxiety, fits and delusions, nosebleeds and nose burns, muscle spasms, blood circulation problems, increased blood pressure, kidney failure, seizures, risk of renal failure, hallucinations, aggression, severe paranoia, panic attacks, fluctuation in body temperature, muscle tension and twitches, jaw grinding, dilated pupils, violent rage, hot flashes, restlessness, loss of bowel control, breathing difficulties, cravings, vasoconstriction, hypertension, chest pain, headaches and suicidal thoughts.

“(Bath salts are) being bought and sold the same as the traditional form of cocaine or ecstasy, in a powder form enclosed in foil packages,” Miller said. “The cost is between $20-$60 a gram, which would be traditional for a regular drug on the street.

“Spice took us a bit by surprise on the base, so we want to be ahead of the game with bath salts,” said Miller. “Commanders and first sergeants need to remind Soldiers that taking a designer drug is against Army regulations.”

Miller said common names for bath salts include Ivory Wave, Red Dove, Vanilla Sky, Bliss, White Lighting, Hurricane Charlie, Cloud 9, Ocean, Scarface, Bubbles, Purple Rain, Mint Mania, Recharge and Fly.

(Editor’s Note: Rhonda Apple writes for the Pentagram newspaper at Joint Base Myer, Henderson Hall, Va.) 


Tags: ,

Category: Army News Service, News, Safety

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *