Signs and Symptoms of MDPV Abuse

MDPV is one of the newer synthetic drugs, only arriving on the illicit drug scene in 2010. It is often found as an ingredient in one of the formulas labeled as “bath salts.” It may also be found with misleading labeling identifying it as glass cleaner, plant food, research chemicals, jewelry cleaner or any other designation the manufacturer thinks up.

The signs and symptoms of MDPV can be highly dangerous. In 2011, the US Drug Enforcement Administration enacted a temporary ban on the drug and mostUS states and European Union countries have banned it, and this allowed it to be seized for the first time. Because of this, and perhaps because word has gotten out on how damaging this drug has been, there have been fewer harmful incidents of use since this ban was passed.

In 2010 and 2011, alarming signs of harm and danger related to MDPV abuse began to be covered in the media, such as the story of young Dickie Sanders of Louisiana, who killed himself in 2010 after suffering terrifying hallucinations of police storming his home.

MDPV Signs and Symptoms

The symptoms of abuse can include almost any form of insanity:

  • One person kept firing guns at strangers outside his home
  • A person high on this type of drug broke all the windows in his house and then walked barefoot through the glass
  • A mother left her two-year-old daughter in the middle of a highway because she “had demons”

Immediate Symptoms of MDPV Abuse

In the short term, the signs of MDPV abuse may include:

  • Hallucinations
  • Delusions
  • Paranoia
  • Overheating
  • Fever
  • Palpitations
  • Agitation
  • Vomiting
  • Delirium
  • High blood pressure
  • Violence
  • Suicidal thoughts

The outcome of MDPV abuse is also highly likely to include:

  • Cardiac arrest
  • Stroke
  • Child abuse or murder
  • Homicide
  • Coma
  • Suicide
  • Addiction
  • Fatal accidents
  • Overdose deaths

Users may think they are getting a drug that can’t be detected on drug tests. This was an initial reason for many people choosing this drug, although in recent years some labs have been making a drug test available that can spot this substance. Users may have heard that they could achieve euphoria and a burst of energy and confidence that would allow them to party for many hours without feeling tired.

But the drug backfires on many people, landing them in the hospital, in the hands of law enforcement or in the morgue. One man in Tennessee was reported to have been running for 24 hours straight while he was high on this drug because he thought devils were chasing him. He was dehydrated and covered in blood after running through thorny underbrush.

Recovering from Addiction to MDPV

Tragically, even if a person recognizes that he is suffering harm from abusing MDPV, he may not be able to stop himself from getting more of the drug and taking it. This is the exact nature of addiction. It takes an effective drug rehab to bring a person back from this drug. The Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation program has been helping people recover from all kinds of addictions for nearly 50 years.

It takes time to heal a body and a mind from the assault drugs make on them. Generous nutrition is needed to calm the body’s symptoms as a person is getting clean at last. The Narconon program uses nutrition and plenty of one-on-one work with staff to help each person weather the transition from stoned to sober.

Once the person is sober, eating and sleeping well, he (or she) then starts the steps that can help him rebuild that life that addiction stole away.

Maybe some people take these skills for granted, but for the recovering addict, each one is a milestone of recovery. Identifying those associates who will help him stay sober and who will lead him back into addiction; solving problems so he is not tempted to hide in more substance abuse; recovering personal integrity and knowing how to maintain it - these and other skills are developed on this rehab program.

But there is much more to this rehab center’s unique and successful method of bringing about lasting sobriety. Call today for the rest of the story:

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