Tuesday, May 29, 2012

"Calgon - Take Me Away?"

Some of you may remember the commercial from the 80's where a tired housewife escapes to her sanctuary in the bathtub from the toils of the day and says enthusiastically, "Calgon!  Take me away!" imploring the popular bath salt to relieve her stress and pain.  I remember thinking nothing of that commercial but just a silly advertisement as a kid.  Now, I can't believe that it could be anything more than that.  That's right, the drug game is changing once again.  Anything to get high, right?  Read on.

First, let me be very clear, this article is NOT in any way, shape, or form trying to bring slander against the Calgon brand or product line.  It was merely a way of introducing a discouraging development in the use of drugs because people can relate to the name as a popular bath salt.  That being said, it appears now that 'bath salts' are being abused by people to get high.  Who would've thought a good, helpful product like bath salts that are meant to smooth the skin and sooth sore muscles would become a catalyst for getting high!?!

Apparently that is just the case!   Nora Volkow, M.D. , Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse says in an article on their website that bath salts are, "the newest fad to hit the shelves (virtual and real), is the latest addition to a growing list of items that young people can obtain to get high. The synthetic powder is sold legally online and in drug paraphernalia stores under a variety of names, such as "Ivory Wave," "Purple Wave," "Red Dove," "Blue Silk," "Zoom," "Bloom," "Cloud Nine," "Ocean Snow," "Lunar Wave," "Vanilla Sky," "White Lightning," "Scarface," and "Hurricane Charlie." The main culprit are the ingredients mephedrone and methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) which when snort can cause a high. 

Unfortunately, this dim reality turned deadly this past week when a man who was high on bath salts attacked another man in Miami in a crazed frenzy as a reaction to the drug he snorted.  The details of the attack are too gruesome to mention here and more importantly are not what is important as much as the reality that people are still trying to find new ways to get high.  Yes, addiction is real.  Yes, people are always going to look for new ways to get high.  Yes, we have to be part of the solution and not the problem.  But, can't we just take a bath with bath salt for goodness sakes! 

Our thoughts are with the people of Miami affected by this attack, the victim of the attack, as well as the attacker, because this, of all incidents, shows how drugs can take a person and make them do things they would never do if they were sober.  Addiction is a complicated disease that makes people do horrible things.  That doesn't make them horrible people.  It makes them sick people in need of help.   

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