The intoxicating effect of dangerous chemicals sold as bath salts made Neil Brown to slit his face and stomach by a skinning knife. Though his life was saved, according to the authorities this will not be always possible for others who snort, inject or smoke powders available under innocuous-sounding names as Ivory Wave, Red Dove and Vanilla Sky.
The effects of these powders can be as fatal as abusing methamphetamine. According to law enforcement agents and poison control centers, these advertised bath salts with complex chemical names are emerging as a deadly threat in several U. S. states and authorities are thinking of banning their sale.
These fatal chemicals that are being sold under names like Ivory Wave, Bliss, White Lightning and Hurricane Charlie are known to cause various health hazards like hallucinations, paranoia, rapid heart rates and suicidal thoughts.
Brown, pointing to his scars, said, "I couldn't tell you why I did it. the psychological effects are still there".
The state's poison center has received more than 125 calls in the last three months of 2010 involving exposure to the chemicals which have made the lawmakers to ban the sale of these powders.
According to Gary Boggs, an Executive Assistant at the DEA, it requires years to restrict these designer chemicals.