A few months ago, the whole world found out about the synthetic drug known as bath salts, it was blamed for a number of horrifically violent incidents and some people were even blaming it for the gruesome stories of cannibalism that kept hitting the headlines. For a while there, it seemed like the Zombie Apocalypse was upon us and bath salts were to blame.
The fervor surrounding them has died down a little since then, some people even tried to argue that they were not that bad and that the media were just sensationalizing them. Others however, remained adamant that they were an incredibly dangerous drug and more needed to be done to get them off our streets.
PBS’s Jenny Marder has written a fascinating exposé about the drug, detailing the many harmful side effects that their users suffer. The piece starts by telling the story of 21-year Dickie Sanders, a young BMX trick rider who took his own life after taking bath salts. Sanders was not prone to depression, had a friendly, loving nature, yet this drug drove him to blow his own brains out in his childhood bedroom.
Marder’s piece is well researched and well written, she talks to medical professionals who regularly deal with people suffering horrific hallucinations and other terrible side effects after taking the drug and includes the theories of scientists on what makes the drug so dangerous. It certainly is an interesting and detailed insight into the drug that just can’t seem to stay out of the headlines. Read more at PBS.