June Death Attributed To Use of ‘Bath Salts’

Communities / Aug. 9, 2012 10:41am EDT

The June death of a 28-year-old Clarendon man was due to an overdose of so-called “bath salts,” autopsy results show. Technically, cause of death was set as “acute intoxication due to compounds MDPV, Alpha-PVP, and Pentylone.”

State police noted that this was the first confirmed fatality in Vermont for the cocktail of chemicals commonly known as bath salts. Police said Christopher Tsacoyeanes died of an accidental overdose.

The “bath salts” name arises from the fact these drugs can resemble legitimate bathing products, such as Epsom salts. The drugs, which until recently were legally sold in retail outlets in Vermont, are often labeled as “not for consumption,” in an attempt to avoid regulation as a drug.

At the time of his death, detectives with the Vermont State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation located a large amount of chemicals in the Tsacoyeanes residence.

The Barre Montpelier Times Argus quoted Det. Sgt. Albert Abdelnour, who said that Tsacoyeanes had sold the substances over the Internet, sending out small vials labeled “Not for human consumption.”

A new emergency rule adding 86 more so-called designer drugs to the state’s Regulated Drug Rule went into effect on July 23. The rule makes it illegal to manufacture, sell, possess, or use 32 synthetic stimulants or “bath salts,” nine synthetic mescalines, and 45 synthetic cannabinoids, or “fake weed.”

Dozens more of these drugs have been identified by the Health De- partment and will be added to the emergency rule in August.

Many of these drugs are marketed under names such as Amp, Purple Wave, and Bliss.

“Whether they are currently illegal or not, there is no medical or sane use for these seriously toxic drugs. They can kill you,” said Health Commissioner Harry Chen, MD. “No good can come from using them, but much harm—hallucinations, violence, paranoia, seizures, psychosis, racing heart rate, high temperature, and addiction, and now the first death here in Vermont.”

For more information about synthetic drugs, bath salts, and the regulated drug rule see: healthvermont. gov/adap/drugs/synthetic_ drugs .aspx.

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