The Washington Post has an article out describing the latest synthetic drugs to hit the streets. Nicknamed “bath salts” they’re currently sold legally at some stores. There’s this terrifying bit:
Hospital emergency rooms, doctors and law enforcement agencies across the country have struggled to control bath salt drug users who often are feverish and paranoid that they are being attacked. Doctors say users often turn up naked because bath salts raise their body temperature so much that they strip off their clothing.
Cookeville Regional Medical Center in Tennessee has treated 160 people suspected of taking bath salts since 2010. Dr. Sullivan Smith, who works there, said people on the drugs become combative, and it can take four or five health professionals to subdue them. In some cases, he said, doctors have to use prescription sedatives that are typically reserved for surgery.
Smith recalls one man who had been running for more than 24 hours because he believed the devil was chasing him with an ax. By the time police brought him to the hospital, he was dehydrated and covered in blood from running through thorny underbrush.
“We’re seeing extreme agitation, hallucinations that are very vivid, paranoia and some really violent behavior, so it’s a real crisis for us,” Smith said. “We sedate the living daylights out of them. And we’re talking doses on the order of 10 or 20 times what you would give for a painful procedure.”
Sounds fun. I’m reminded of this old article in the Onion humor newspaper:
“Everybody loves me because I am so beautiful. Anything is possible. I am going to live a very long and happy life,” said Oakland, CA, native Charles Simmons, who spent 10 weeks testing Blue Glass, the CIA’s new smokable euphoric drug. Simmons then leapt out a window to his death.
“I they I drugs these are very feel good right,” said Dwayne Woodson of Bronx, NY, another CIA test participant. “Pork chops three for $2.99.”
Perhaps this is an area where we don’t want much innovation? Perhaps the current drug laws and the incentives they provide should be rethought?