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Psychoactive "Bath Salts" (PABS) Banned by DEA


They have names like Ivory Wave and Vanilla sky, but they are not about bathing. These cheap synthetic drugs have sneaked in the back door and the law is just now catching up. Routine drug screening does not detect them.

The DEA just announced that is will use emergency scheduling authority to control methylenedioxypyrovalerone and 2 other synthetic stimulants: mephedrone and methylone. They are illegal for one year while the DEA and HHS consider what to do. Hospitals and poison control centers have been reporting an increase in overdoses, which may require ICU care.

Methylenedioxypyrovalerone is structurally similar to compounds that inhibit norepi and dopamine reuptake, and is considered a CNS stimulant. The high is supposed to be similar to meth, peaking 1.5 hours after ingestion and lasting 3-4 hours. They are aka "alertness enhancers" and aphrodisiacs, and have been called "legal cocaine." PABS are taken via mouth, nose, rectum or IV in doses ranging from 3-20mg. Packages can contain up to 500mg, increasing the odds of overdoing it.

Effects: tachycardia, hypertension, arrhythmias, hyperthermia, seizures, stroke, myocardial infarction, death. Panic attacks, anxiety, paranoia, hallucinations, psychosis, aggressive or violent behavior (such as self-mutilation, suicide attempts, and homicidal activity), insomnia, anorexia, depression.

SOURCE
http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/749304?src=ptalk

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Tags: dea, drugs, hospitals, madness, nervous system, public health
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