MPs want to ban Salvia over teen suicide link

By chillinwill · Sep 13, 2009 · ·
  1. chillinwill
    MPs have called for a dangerous hallucinogenic drug linked to a teenage suicide to be outlawed.

    Inhaling the herbal drug Salvia produces a ‘legal high’ which experts say mimics the effects of psychedelic drugs such as LSD and lasts up to ten minutes.

    Salvia, known as Magic Mint or Sally-D, can be bought easily on the internet or shops which sell drug paraphernalia. Scientifically known as Salvia divinorum, it is derived from the mint plant.

    In recent months, thousands of young people have posted footage of themselves smoking Salvia on YouTube. In one clip, a terrified young man drops to his knees and begins crawling on all fours; while another man is reduced to a mumbling wreck, muttering: ‘Excuse me, I have to go to space now.’

    The Government is to investigate the social impact of Salvia, but has refused to include it on a list of ‘legal highs’ which will be banned this year.

    In America, the drug was linked to the death of 17-year-old A-grade student Brett Chidester in 2006. His mother Kathleen has launched a campaign to ban the drug, and has succeeded in making it illegal in her home state of Delaware. She said: ‘Brett would be turning 21 on Wednesday, so it’s going to be a hard week for us.

    ‘He was fearless about trying Salvia. He first tried it in June and he was dead by January. I started noticing changes in his character. He wasn’t in a deep depression, but he wasn’t his usual happy-go-lucky self.

    In his diary, Brett wrote: ‘Salvia allows us to give up our senses and wander in the interdimensional time and space. Our existence in general is pointless. We earthly humans are nothing.’

    He killed himself by stepping into a tent in his father’s garage and lighting a charcoal grill, causing his asphyxiation as the oxygen ran out. His death certificate cites Salvia as a contributing factor.

    There have been no recorded deaths in Britain but Professor Fabrizio Schifano, of the University of Hertfordshire, has warned it is ‘potentially very dangerous’ and could lead to psychotic episodes.

    Student Jo Puddle, 19, from Kent, vowed never to use Salvia again after smoking it once. She said: ‘You don’t know where you are, you don’t know who you are. That feeling is horrible. It lasts for about five minutes, but the fear stays with you for about half an hour. I would not recommend it. I’ve never heard of anyone who enjoyed it.’

    Labour MP John Mann has spent four years lobbying the Government to ban Salvia. He said: ‘It certainly should be banned. It’s more dangerous than some drugs that are illegal.’

    The Home Office said: ‘Salvia is not a controlled drug but it will form part of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs’s consideration of so-called “legal highs”. We would consider any recommendation from the ACMD.’

    September 13, 2009
    Daily Mail

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  1. radiometer
    Nice accompanying pic, that cat looks high as fuck.

    the editor's implied message in adding this picture to the article:

    "Every time you smoke salvia, god kills a little kitten."
  2. TheMainException
    All three of them in the picture look like they condone drug use. It's just an odd picture in general.
  3. nibble
    The most interesting part of this "article" is indeed the picture, does anyone else think that it looks like it could have been plucked out of a photo album from 1975? I don't know, there's just something about it.

    No doubt Salvia Divnorum can be a very intense, short lived trip. Not akin to a traditional hallucinogen but an experience all of its own. Suicide though? Strikes me that this kid had deeper problems than a little Salvia use.
  4. Seaquake
    I was thinking 60s. it's the colours, her haircut and her outfit that do it.

    She claims it wasn't deep depression. People are very good at hiding things, so it probably was deep depression, particularly when you take it in conjunction with the comment in his diary.
  5. Alfa
    I can't believe they keep digging this old story up. How many years ago did this happen?
    The guy did not even use salvia while he took his life.
  6. Greenport
    If Salvia becomes banned over one teen's suicide, then they need to ban all of the antidepressants which are obviously well-known to cause suicidal tendencies especially when stopping use!

    It did not take me long of googling to find this as the very first link - "Antidepressants a Suicide Risk for Young Adults -
    Study Says Cases Double for Those 18 to 25 Using Medicine to Control Depression"

    But of course that direct correlation is thrown out of the window as long as drug companies can make money, right?

    I think that people need to fight to keep salvia legal for this very reason! If the governments ban that one then we're going to lose it as an example, and the only drugs we are going to have left are the ones that the government can directly profit from.

    You're free to take the drugs that you pay for from the pharmacy but otherwise you're not free. That's the message banning salvia will bring!

    Until they find something seriously wrong with smoking salvia, I think it is a person's right to put it in their body
  7. Alfa
    One guy in another country took his life 3.5 years ago, while he wasn't using Salvia. This would be reason to ban Salvia divinorum in the UK.

    The reasoning defies all logic.
  8. Greenport
    Well I'm glad you agree with me. If only we could get people to go out and protest this kind of thing but unfortunately it seems like nobody even really cares enough to do anything about it.

    It is that kind of mentality that they rely on to try and win the drug war. Get things done quickly and quietly before people can get riled up.
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