If you have seen the Dywane Johnson and Priyanka Chopra starrer film Baywatch, you must have noticed the drug that the team of lifeguards wanted to bust. Flakka is a drug that belongs to the bath salts family and is considered to be more dangerous than cocaine!
Bath Salts are a designer drug of abuse which basically consist of dangerous synthetic cathinones. These drugs are mind altering and stimulate the central nervous system. The most common ingredients in Bath Salts is methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV), Mephedrone and Pyrovalerone. All these chemicals are derived from a Khat plant that is found in East Africa and Southern Arabia.
Users usually crush the drug into a fine powder and then snort it. But it can also be injected, smoked, swallowed or used rectally! These Junkies come up with weird ways to get high! After consumption, the user feels euphoria, increased concentration, elevated sex drive, hallucinations, talkativeness, empathy and a sudden blood rush.
It takes about 1.5 hours for Bath salts to completely kick in and the 'trip' lasts for about 3 to 4 hours. Even though it sounds exciting, you should never abuse these chemicals!
Bath Salts are not accepted well by everyone body and have really bad side effects. It causes rapid heart rate, chest pains, excess sweating, pupil dilation, vessel constriction, reduced appetite, muscle spasms and even seizures. Higher doses lead to behavioural and psychiatric effects such as Paranoia, agitation, insomnia and violent behaviour.
Certain varieties of Bath salts have been reported to turn people into zombies and give them cannibalistic instincts! There have been multiple cases in the USA where people high on bath salts have assaulted other people and tried to eat their flesh.
Bath salts are also very addictive the withdrawal symptoms include depression, anxiety and paranoia.
In India, around 2015, a variation of this drug Meow Meow had started gaining popularity among the youth. Meow Meow was a common sight in clubs and bars across metro cities. In Mumbai, Meow Meow became a common sight and was dealt as if it was candy.
The Narcotics department had a really tough time battling this drug as dealers were really smart. They would hire pretty girls to sell their product and even use school kids to deliver Bath Salts! The Narcs conducted regular raids at clubs and bars across the city and apprehended a lot of dealers which scared off the remaining dealers who fled the city. The drug eventually became less popular because of the horrible side effects it had on the users.