Navy releases PSA detailing effects of bath salts
UNDATED (NBC) -- The Navy released a six-minute public service announcement detailing the effects of the danger drug, 'bath salts'.
The navy video opens as if you are the young sailor to embark on a terrifying mind bending trip snorting the synthetic drug bath salts. Your physical reaction is almost immediate.
You don't notice anything wrong but others do. "I'm fine,” you say - but not for long.
The threatening hallucinations begin; your growing paranoia explodes into violence, back home even your roommate has turned demonic.
Strapped to a hospital gurney the sailor continues to fight - subdued only when heavily sedated.
Navy psychiatry resident Lieutenant George Leftler said violence is only one troublesome reaction to bath salts.
“When people are using bath salts they aren't their normal selves. They're angrier they're erratic, they're violent, and they're unpredictable,” said Lt. Leftler.
Navy officials said the troubling video was produced after an alarming spike in the use of the designer drug by sailors last year. Under the seemingly harmless name ‘bath salts’, the crystal concoction is a witch’s brew of different synthetic drugs, similar to amphetamines.
Once legal it's now banned by the DAA. Some may think the Navy's video is over the top but not Marc Ryan, the director of Louisianna's Posion Center.
“My impression of the PSA was I'm sure that some people think that it may be exaggerated. It may uncomfortable for some people to watch, but it's accurate” said Ryan.
Lt. Leftler called it one of the most serious psychotic disorders he's ever seen.
“I think that bath salts not only will jack up your family and your career it will jack up your mind and your body too,” said Leftler.
Although the drug ‘bath salts’ has been banned nationwide, there are so many variations of the drug using different chemicals that by themselves are legal, it's almost impossible to enforce.
The Navy just this week started testing sailors for any trace of the bath salts drug.