LOWELL, MA (March 8, 2012) – The Lowell Police Department has become aware of a potential harmful substance that could affect area children. An investigation by Lowell Police narcotics detectives led by Lieutenant Barry Golner has uncovered a substance that is being sold legally over the counter in area stores. This substance called Bath Salt or MDPV (Methylenedioxpyurovalerone) is being purchased by individuals and it has the same effect on the central nervous system as many of the illegal narcotics that are sold on the streets today. This white or tan powder is mostly sold in glass vials. When an individual enters a store he can ask for a vile of “jump start”. Other names used are “Ivory Wave”, “Purple Wave”, “Sky” and “Bliss”. The substance renders the person that ingest into an altered state. The effects can last up to 3 to 4 hours. Although there is a chance of an overdose we have not been notified of any as of yet. This information is being forwarded because we are concerned about the negative effects this substance could have on an individual’s health and well being. Parents and teachers should watch for signs of possible ingestion by children under their care. Some common signs are agitation, paranoia, hallucinations, and chest pain.
Contact: Public Information Officer:
Captain Kelly Richardson Captain Kelly Richardson
Krichardson@lowellma.gov Office: (978) 674-1907