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A recent report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed that the state of Florida leads the number of deaths related to the synthetic drug euthylone, known as psychoactive “bath salts”, with 182 deaths out of a total of 343 nationwide.
According to the document released last Friday, 75.5% of deaths were concentrated in two states, Florida and Maryland (77 deaths), during 2020 and euthylone-related deaths most commonly involved illicitly manufactured fentanyl (77.3%) and cocaine or methamphetamine (53.1%).
So-called psychoactive “bath salts” are a class of powerful central nervous system stimulants that mimic the effects produced by cocaine, methamphetamine, and methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA, known as ecstasy).
These substances are often marketed as “bath salts”, “research chemicals”, “plant food”, “glass cleaner”, and labeled “not for human consumption”, to avoid the application of the Law of Application of Analogous Substances, according to the DEA.
within the names that have been given in the streets include the following: Bliss, Blue Silk, Cloud Nine, Drone, Energy-1, Ivory, Wave, Moon Wave, Meow Meow, Ocean Blast, Pure Ivory, Purple Wave, Red Dove, Snow Leopard, Stardust, Vanilla Sky, Dove white, white knight, white lightning and “bath salts”.
“Bath salts” are usually snorted up the nose, taken by mouth, smoked, or put into a solution to be injected into the veins
The seventh most used drug in the United States during 2021
In the first half of 2021 alone, euthylone was detected in 8,379 drug items, making it the seventh most identified drug during this period, which is why public alerts were issued that included concern about the elevated risk of overdose associated with the sale of euthylone as MDMA.
John Templeton, founder of Footprints Beachside Recovery Center, a treatment center for alcohol or drug addiction problems, in Treasure Island, Florida, warned MDMA users not only to take extra precautions, but to seek help to avoid these drugs altogether.
“In many of these cases, people thought they were buying one drug, but they received another. Unless you know exactly where these drugs come from, it’s a gamble with your own life every time you inhale, ingest, or inject something. All it takes is one bad batch and your life is over,” Templeton said.
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