What Is MDPV (Methylenedioxypyrovalerone)?
MDPV (Methylenedioxypyrovalerone) is a psychoactive stimulant narcotic that acts as a norepinephrine-dopamine reuptake inhibitor (NDRI). MDPV is the active ingredient in “bath salts,” a designer drug that is knowingly labeled as ‘not for human consumption’ so that the drug is legally available on the market. MDPV (Methylenedioxypyrovalerone) goes by many other names, like magic, maddie, vanilla sky, super coke, and meow meow, and is available via the internet, in gas stations and convenient stores, and smoke or “herb” shops.
Why Are the Effects of MDPV (Methylenedioxypyrovalerone) Dangerous?
As a NDRI, MDPV (Methylenedioxypyrovalerone) works as a stimulant on the brain, much like methamphetamine and cocaine, but MDPV (Methylenedioxypyrovalerone) also creates hallucinating effects. While recreational users are seeking an altered state of mind, mood, and an increase in energy, other side effects are produced; side effects that are extremely dangerous. Since the popularity of MDPV has sharply increased, the number of hospital visits and deaths related to MDPV has grown dramatically. With both stimulant and hallucinating effects, MDPV is equally dangerous to one’s physical and psychological health.
MDPV users may experience life-threatening side effects such as the following:
- Extreme paranoia
- Delusions, most commonly delusions of super-human strength and invincibility
- Aggressive, hostile, and violent behavior
- Criminal behavior
- Suicidal tendencies
- Increased heart rate
- Elevated blood pressure and body temperature
- Respiratory failure
- Kidney and liver failure
Why Do People Use MDPV?
MDPV or bath salts are incredibly toxic and overwhelmingly addictive, so much so, that users often return to the drug after experiencing a life-threatening dose or hospital visit. The effects of MDPV are so intense that users can return to the state of psychosis, even after the drug is removed from the body. The effects of MDPV can cause permanent brain damage with a single dose. Perhaps the most dangerous side effect of MDPV is the uncompromisingly strong, physical, and psychological cravings it creates. This is what keeps people coming back for more.
While MDPV is addictive, few individuals battle this addiction for long because of the high risk for overdose, death, and criminal activity that leads to jail time. Addiction to MDPV will most certainly cause health problems, as well as damage relationships, careers, finances, lifestyles and wellbeing in general. Unfortunately, the psychological effects of MDPV can keep a user in an altered state where he isn’t aware or concerned about the destruction the drug is having on their, and their loved ones, lives. Getting an addict help often requires outside intervention from medical professionals, judges, friends, family, employers, and others. There are numerous treatment opportunities available for individuals abusing MDPV. Treatment is generally long-term and follows a Dual Diagnosis route because of the likeliness of a co-occurring mental health or psychological issue.
Help for MDPV Use
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