NBC’s Today show reports on “bath salts” (MDPV)

February 2, 2011, 12:49 pm

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NBC’s Today show this week aired a piece on “bath salts”. As TPR has been reporting since last August, this dangerous hallucinogenic stimulant is still legal in many states, since it is labelled “Not for Human Consumption”.  Users who buy these “salts” for the high ignore this warning and typically snort the  product, although there have been reports of it being smoked and even injected.  Most samples tested have been identified as the psychoactive stimulant MDPV, although occasional tests have been positive for mephedrone.

There is not much new in the Today report.  One interesting item : According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, there have been 246 poison center calls concerning “bath salts” in January 2011, ten more than the total number of such calls in all of 2010.

Dr. Jeffrey Bernstein, medical director of the Florida Poison Information Center, is interviewed in the piece about manifestations of “bath salt” toxicity they are seeing down there:

  • agitation
  • hallucinations
  • dry mouth
  • suicidal thoughts

Other effects that have been commonly reported include hypertension, tachycardia, and chest pain. Since there is virtually no clinical literature yet available about the toxicology of MDPV, it would be great to have a detailed case series published in expedited fashion, preferably on the internet.

In related news, the Washington Post reported Tuesday that the Obama administration’s drug czar Gil Kerlikowske recently convened a meeting at the White House to discuss the problem.  Kerlikowske warned that these products “pose a serious threat to the health and well-being of young people and anyone who uses them”.

Thanks to the American Association of Poison Control Centers for linking to the Today piece.

Related TPR posts:

“Ivory Wave” bath salts purchased in St. Louis area contain pyrovalerone

U.K. set to ban “Ivory Wave” bath salts

Death in Britain: “Ivory Wave” (MDPV) or diabetic ketoacidosis?

“Ivory Wave” identified as MDPV

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