UPDATE: Justin was arrested on July 6, 2013 for allegedly assaulting his ex-girlfriend.
For many it was only after the horrendous cannibalistic attack on one man by another before you heard about bath salts for the first time.
The Miami attack seemed like something right out of Hollywood. Some speculated it was a sign of things to come, but for the police it was another example of what drugs can do.
According to Reuters, Bath Salts are made by “street” chemists. The recipe is altered by each chemist, creating even more of a chance for the user to have a bad reaction.
“The drug can be snorted, smoked, injected or swallowed and is cheap, addictive and causes users to act unpredictably, Bangor Police Chief Ron Gastia said last week.
“If you take the very worst of some of the drugs – LSD and Ecstasy with their hallucinogenic-delusional type properties, PCP with extreme agitation, superhuman strength and combativeness, as well as the stimulant properties of cocaine and meth – and put them all together, this is what you get,” said Mark Ryan, director of the Louisiana Poison Centre.
There are three chemicals used in Bath Salts; ephedrine, MDPV and methyl-one. These three chemicals are synthetic stimulants, and 38 states, so far, have banned them.
“Rather than cancel each other, they exacerbate the effect,” said Louis DeFelice.
I had heard some talk about Bath Salts before this, but did not know what a bad reaction it would cause until the attack in Miami. I did not even know how popular the drug had become, until I did some research.
According to the poison-control centers there has been 6,000 bath-salt emergencies in 2011. The year before that it was 303. I am willing to bet that the 2012 stats will show at least, double the numbers of 2011. And that is just “reported” cases.
Early this year I began hearing speculations through online comments on different websites that maybe DiPietro was using Bath Salts and that something occurred that night that caused the disappearance or worse, of little Ayla Reynolds.
I didn’t pay much attention to that rumor, until the Miami attack. I just didn’t realize at the time exactly what Bath Salts were and what it could do.
On the website Statement Analysis, Peter who is the owner of the site brings up that it is a possibility that Bath Salts were a cause of Ayla’s disappearance with the “nature of the home and the volume of bath salts stories in the local region in and around Waterville.”
Even the comments on the site, although not statistically confirmed, are convincing of the problem of Bath Salt use in Waterville.
“Bath Salts are a big problem up toward Waterville,” states one comment along with another comment about a Bath Salt party on Violette Avenue the night that Ayla disappeared.
There is no way to detect if someone has taken bath salts and the only way you would know is if someone tells you, or if they do something as crazy as bite the face off of another man or maybe even kill their own child.
I, like Peter, don’t know if Bath Salts were a direct cause of Ayla’s disappearance, but there is a possibility, and if it was not Bath Salts, it certainly could have been another drug. What we do know is that this baby did not disappear on her own and we have been waiting for a long time for the police to make an arrest on this case.
Where did the name Bath Salts come from? Bath salts are sold in packages and jars that look like something that you would put into your hot bath water and soak in. The name also made it easy to sell on online sites. For example and ad could read “This bath salt will make your bathing experience energized.” For users of the drug, they knew what bath salts really were. For those that didn’t, it would seemed like a harmless ad. The variety of names are: “Ivory Wave,” “Purple Wave,” “Red Dove,” “Blue Silk,” “Zoom,” “Bloom,” “Cloud Nine,” “Ocean Snow,” “Lunar Wave,” “Vanilla Sky,” “White Lightning,” “Scarface,” and “Hurricane Charlie.”