SOURCE: Malibu Horizon

June 28, 2011 09:45 ET

Malibu Horizon's Dr. Akikur Mohammad Leads the National Charge Against Bath Salts, Salvia and Other Deadly Designer Drugs

Malibu Horizon Recognized as Top Drug Treatment Center for Treating New Wave of Designer Drugs Impacting Families Everywhere

MALIBU, CA--(Marketwire - Jun 28, 2011) - Dr. Akikur Mohammad, Founder of Malibu Horizon, the leading non 12-step treatment center in Malibu, California, and Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences at the University of Southern California (USC.edu), announced today that his facility's treatment team will be leading a public charge against an emerging wave of new designer drugs that are hitting the streets at an alarming rate. Along with established threats like Spice and Salvia, there is a new drug tearing families and communities apart across the country.

Leading the wave of designer drugs is a horrific substance referred to as "Bath Salts" that users are ingesting in order to get a hallucinogenic high (which comes with a side of extreme paranoia and raging anger). The Bath Salts contain mephedrone and methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV), a stimulant that can be broken up and snorted, smoked or reduced to a liquid for injection just like cocaine. Since the effects of Bath Salts are similar to cocaine, meth and ecstasy, dangerous amounts of Dopamine and very low levels of Serotonin impact the user's brain, which results in severely damaged brain chemistry and inevitable psychosis with prolonged use.

The most terrifying effect of Bath Salts is found after users ingest the drug for multiple days. Since the drug has a much longer half-life than other drugs, abusers stay under the influence longer, and after just a couple of days, a staggering number of users experience full psychotic breaks, which often result in extreme delusions, violent outbursts and severe depression.

Dr. Mohammad said, "According to various reports from around the country, the Bath Salt craze is reaching epidemic proportions and very few addiction experts are familiar with the compound or how to treat the addiction. My team at Malibu Horizon is not only leading the charge against designer drugs, but is also developing the proper protocol for treatment." Mohammad added, "Kids are dying while parents and many professionals have no idea why. The Malibu Horizon team understands these drugs and has designed the best way to treat the addicts."

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