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Legal highs or Legal intoxicants are intoxicating drugs which are not prohibited by the United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs and which people who are seeking intoxication use. This is merely the definition of these killer stimulants which are legal available across the world spreading like wild fire over the internet.

Until now they were used read “misused or abused” by thousands of stimulant seekers and high snorters, ignorant people who are looking for herbal / legal supplements to get the artificial highs, weight reduction and other feelings of pseudo hallucination. Its a irony that despite of stringent drug control measures in almost all countries, these drugs are rampantly available to people at drug stores, head shops,shops selling smoking paraphernalia and alternative stuffs.

I don’t simply understand why government allows such vendors to establish and sell these herbal /legal highs over the counter, I guess the law enforcements agencies are also on a “high” forgetting their primary focus of eradicating such wreck stuff from the society. Here is the latest story I read in daily mail UK:

The bride killed by bath salts – the new ‘legal high’ Ivory Wave drug that’s sweeping Britain

Barely a year ago, Sarah Forsyth walked down the aisle in an ivory wedding dress.

‘She was beautiful and so happy then,’ says her mother Margaret Moyle, slowly turning the pages of the wedding album. ‘She will be wearing that dress for her funeral.’

Sarah, 35, died a week ago today, after falling into a coma. Her parents are in no doubt as to what killed her.

Since October last year, she had been regularly buying and using a legal substance called Ivory Wave. And although the coroner is yet to record his verdict, the Moyles lay the blame for her death firmly at the drug’s door.

They insist the powerful powder-form legal drug, sold in £15, 500mg bags on the internet and over the counter in specialist herbal shops, destroyed Sarah’s mental and physical health with terrifying speed.

They are convinced it caused severe swelling and irreparable damage to her brain and raised her heart rate to such a level that when she was taken off life-support it gave up under the strain.

Sarah first bought the drug ten months ago after she read on an online forum that it could help with weight loss.

Just two weeks ago, the drug – also known as Ivory Coast, Purple Wave or Vanilla Sky – was linked to the death of a young man in the Isle of Wight and in recent months has hospitalised dozens more.

Ivory Wave is marketed as bath salts or plant food and is labelled ‘not for human consumption’ to circumvent strict laws governing the supply of pharmaceuticals in Britain.

But the substance’s true purpose is not a secret online, where news and reviews of readily available legal highs spread quickly on dedicated internet forums.

Drug experts and doctors are hugely concerned – they now believe the substance, which is either ingested orally or snorted, is potentially more dangerous than Meow Meow, the previously legal high which was banned in April after officials identified 26 cases where it may have been a contributing cause of death.

There is little or no information available about exactly how many people are taking Ivory Wave, how the drug is made or what it contains. The manufacturers do not publish a list of ingredients.

‘I honestly don’t think Sarah had a clue what she was getting herself into when she bought it,’ says Margaret, 60. ‘To my knowledge, she had never been a drug user.

'Legal high': Ivory Wave is sold in £15, 500mg bags on the internet‘Legal high’: Ivory Wave is sold in £15, 500mg bags on the internet

‘As far as I knew, she just wanted something to help her lose a few pounds and, stupidly perhaps, she got this stuff she’d seen on the internet.

‘It got hold of her so quickly. She was in its grip.’

Within months of taking her first hit, their happy, healthy, newlywed daughter had become a paranoid, aggressive agoraphobic, insomniac. She dropped from a size 16 to a size six.

Soon, it was too late for their daughter – and Margaret and her husband Robin, a 65-year-old retired school caretaker, had no idea of the havoc that Ivory Wave was causing elsewhere in the country.

‘When Sarah first fell into a coma even her doctors had never heard of the stuff,’ says Margaret.

But that has changed now. Exactly a week before Sarah’s death – as her parents and her husband Jim kept a hopeful vigil by her hospital bedside – the body of 24-year- old chef and regular Ivory Wave-user, Michael Bishton, was hauled out of the sea by fishermen off the coast of the Isle of Wight.

He is thought to have jumped or fallen from a clifftop on the east side of the island while high on Ivory Wave. He died from his injuries, rather than from the effects of the drug. But his was the first death to be linked to its use.

His mother and girlfriend both say he had become deeply disturbed since first taking the drug, suffering severe paranoia and hallucinations.

Meanwhile, A&E departments from Scotland to Dorset have reported a sudden surge of admissions suffering from the effects of Ivory Wave.

There were 20 recent A&E admissions in lothian, Scotland, and 12 in Cumbria, where several patients were suffering such acute and long-lasting paranoid psychosis after taking it that they had to be completely sedated before they could be treated.

The drug is also known to raise the heart rate and blood pressure to dangerous levels and cause kidney failure, seizures, muscle damage and loss of bowel control.

Every A&E department in England has now been sent an alert about it and the chief medical officers in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have issued similar warnings.

At home in Braintree, Essex, Margaret and Robin want some good to come from their terrible loss.

‘This stuff comes with no warning, no ingredients list, no dosage advice,’ says Margaret, who works as a school cleaner and exam invigilator.

‘It’s legal and it’s advertised as all sorts of things, from plant food, to bath salts. The truth is, it’s a dangerous drug. It destroyed our beautiful daughter.’

Looking at Sarah’s wedding photographs is especially painful, because they know it was seeing these pictures that made her so determined to lose weight in the first place.

‘Sarah had suffered from depression for a while and then, about three years ago, she was diagnosed with diabetes,’ explains Margaret.

‘The combination of anti-depressants and insulin made her put on weight and she felt very self-conscious.’

She describes Sarah as ‘vulnerable’ and says that as a teenager she had been anorexic for a time.

‘Not being in control of her weight really troubled her. When she saw her wedding pictures she kept saying: “oh god, I look so fat.” I said she looked beautiful in those pictures. She really did. But she wouldn’t hear it.’

In October, Sarah told her parents and her husband Jim, a 46-year-old transport worker, that she was taking a diet aid that she’d bought online.

‘She didn’t think there was anything dodgy about it, so she was quite open with us about taking it at first. We thought it was legitimate and I think she did too.

‘She went from a size 16 to a size six in about four months and, of course, she thought this was fabulous. She thought of it as her magic potion.

‘I don’t know if it suppressed her appetite or increased her metabolism – perhaps a bit of both. But the weight just fell off her.

‘I was shocked at the sight of her when she was at her thinnest. I said: “Darling, you’re too thin now. You’re taking it too far. Stop.” Then we realised that she’d become dependent on this stuff.’

At around the same time, Margaret realised that Sarah was not ingesting her ‘slimming aid’ but snorting it like cocaine.

‘I was horrified and said: “It can’t be natural if that’s the way you’re taking it. It sounds like drugs.” She said: “No Mum, it’s just the quickest way to get it into your system.”

‘We begged her to stop – her brother even said she was going to kill herself if she wasn’t careful – but we couldn’t watch her all the time. She was a grown woman and whenever we weren’t there she bought the stuff with her credit card and took it.

‘I asked her several times if she knew what was in it. She didn’t seem too sure, but she said it was all totally legal and above board.
Read more: http://www. /news/article-1306877/Legal-high-bath-salts-Ivory-Wave-kill-bride.html



September 2020