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article imageVideo: Watch former addict Freddy Sharp overdose on 'bath salts'

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By JohnThomas Didymus     Jun 5, 2012 in Health
Freddy Sharp, 27, of Tennessee, is a former bath salts addict. He claims he has been addicted to the drug since he was 13 or 14 years old. Sharp describes an overdose on bath salts as the "evilest thing imaginable."
The video shows Sharp after taking an "overdose" of the drug, writhing, making faces and singing to himself while paramedics strap him down. A paramedic asks him, "You know where you're at?"
After he recovered from the overdose, he told CNN that he was hallucinating about being in a mental hospital and about being possessed by Jason Voorhees, the masked serial killer from the Friday the 13th movies. He said: "I just felt all kinds of crazy."
Although the toxicology report on the drug Rudy Eugene — the so-called "Maimi zombie," — was on when he attacked 65-year-old homeless, Ronald Poppo, has not been released, it is widely believed that he was on bath salts. The opinion is based on police description of the incident that seem to match the effects of bath salt overdose Sharp describes in the video.
Sharp told CNN's Don Lemon: "I'd never experienced anything like that... It really actually scared me pretty bad. It felt so evil. It felt like the darkest, evilest thing imaginable."
Daily Mail reports that bath salts are referred to "on the street" as the "new LSD" and they are sold as cocaine substitute.
According to Global Grind, Sharp said he never felt the urge to "eat anybody's flesh" while he was under the influence of bath salts. He said he "just got paranoid." He explains: "You feel like you're 10 feet tall and bulletproof, and you actually do not feel any pain."
Sharp summarizes the effect of bath salt overdose as: "Fear. Darkness. It felt like impending doom was coming down on me... I felt like I was about to bust loose and actually hurt somebody."
CNN reports that users of the drug report feeling no pain. The effects include "paranoia, hallucinations, convulsion and psychotic episodes."
Paul Adams, a doctor at Miami's Jackson Memorial Hospital, told CNN, "This is a terrible drug because it takes a combination of methamphetamine, and the paranoia and the aggressiveness, and LSD, the hallucinations, and PCP, the extreme paranoia that you get, combines it into one, and has unpredictable effects on human behavior."
Adams says some users have been known to use their jaws as weapons and they are "extremely strong."
According to Global Grind, Adams said that when people take bath salts their temperature rises to a very dangerous level and causes them to rip off their clothes. They fall into a state of extreme delirium and become aggressive. According to Adams, emergency workers who have to restrain the drug user are at great risk. He said: "It’s dangerous for the fire fighters. It’s dangerous for the hospital workers taking care of them because they come in, they have to be restrained both chemically and physically and you’re asking for someone to get hurt."
The drug is still legal in some states, but many have taken steps to ban the substances found in it. According to CNN, attorney Alex Manning said that when a chemical component of the preparation is prohibited another is added to beat the law. Manning said people are making the drug from household products.
Sharp, who claims he has not taken the drug for months, gave a warning to users of the drug:"The only thing I can say to them is that if you value your life, you'll stop it and you won't do it anymore, because it will destroy your life. It will destroy your family. It will destroy everything."
CNN explains that "bath salts" are "not the same substance used to scent your bathwater, bath salts contain amphetamine-like chemicals such as methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) and are sold as 'cocaine substitutes' or 'synthetic LSD.'"
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