Forget Salvia, this completely legal drug is absolutely terrifying!
Authorities say addicts have been snorting, injecting or smoking powders used by most as bath salts. They say the effects of these bath salt powders are as powerful as abusing methamphetamine.
The stimulants the powders often contain are mephedrone and methylenedioxypyrovalerone, also known as MDPV, which cause hallucinations or trips that can last for days.
A 21-year-old man in Louisiana slit his throat and shot himself in the head after ingesting the bath salts that sell for about $20 in convenient stores and over the internet under names like Ivory Wave, Bliss, White Lightning and Hurricane Charlie.
Following this event and and 125 other calls that the state's poison center received, Louisiana has already banned the bath salts by an emergency order.
Other states like Kentucky, Mississippi, and California are discussing following Louisiana's lead before similar tragedies start racking up and more people hurt themselves by ingesting the drug.
And for all those adventurous souls out there who think their minds are strong enough to handle any drug, take this mans advice.
Even after trying every drug from heroin to crack, Neil Brown was so shaken by terrifying hallucinations that he slit the skin on his face and stomach repeatedly. He was lucky to survive and in a letter to a Mississippi news paper he wrote:
"I couldn't tell you why I did it. The psychological effects are still there."
It's truly a horrifying thought that such a powerful substance is readily available for a teenager to buy, let alone that it even exists!
We hope that people take these warnings seriously and stay away from this substance, while it is unfortunately still legal.