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“Bath salts” and “plant food” — latest drug problem

Do you know about MDPV? It’s the acronym for methylenedioxypyrovalerone or mephedrone.  What’s that?  These are ingredients in legal, easy to buy stimulant hallucinogens that can kill, directly or indirectly.

Their street names are “bath salts” or “plant food” because that’s what hey look like, and the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) hasn’t gotten around to making them illegal yet. So they’re easily bought, often in little packages marked “not for human consumption”. You can see and read more in <a href=”http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,2065249,00.html” target=”blank”>Time Magazine’s article at Time.com.</a>

The drugs work by preventing the reuptake of the important brain chemicals norepinephrine, dopamine and serotonin. That’s similar to what many antidepressants do, but MDPV is much stronger acting. The first effect is euphoria, but next can come seizures, tachycardia (rapid heart beat), paranoia, hallucinations and even death. A related cause of death from MDPV is suicide. The article says that kids who survive over-dosing often endure long-term psychiatric symptoms.

To learn more, there is a <a href=”http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/deadly-new-drug-pt-1″ target=”blank”>3-part video series at Dr. Oz’s website</a>. Take a look, and then talk to your teens to make sure they understand the dangers of this drug.

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