I'm not one to call for making drugs illegal just because they're drugs. Actually, in the right circumstances with the right compounds, I'm staunchly pro-fun. But I'm telling you right now, Ivory Wave does not sound like a good drug, so stay away from that shit. If you're dead, you can't read The Pitch, and I have no way to support my own habits.
Take the sad case of 29-year-old Jarrod Moody, a recovering drug addict from St. Joseph, who was clean from prescription pain meds for two years before he found Ivory Wave.
According to news reports, Moody became a heavy user of Ivory Wave, or Vanilla Sky as it's been called. Marketed as a bath salt, the product is sold over the counter at smoke shops, and users typically either sniff it or take it orally. A medical examiner in St. Louis tested the drug and found that it contained hallucinogenic compounds that worked on the central nervous system.
Moody's friends told police and reporters he couldn't stop using Ivory Wave. He lost weight. He had conversations with himself. Finally, he committed suicide after an Ivory Wave binge.
Right now you might be ready to argue that just because a person commits suicide on a drug doesn't mean we should blame the drug itself. If you wanted to make that case based purely on this incident, I think you'd be right. The problem is that Moody's not the first dead body.
Britian's already banned importing Ivory Wave after a series of deaths there were linked to its use. At least one case involved a woman who bought the drug, then went into a coma. After her death, doctors found her brain was swollen. A Wall Street Journal story on the new legal drugs coming out of Europe -- sold as bath salts and plant food and with similar chemical structures to Ivory Wave -- noted that many of the more successful ones were purposefully designed to mimic crack cocaine (created by a former crackhead turned entrepreneur). The compounds were proven to be dangerous. In the states, many smoke shops are already voluntarily taking the product off their shelves.
What's likely to happen is that the politicians will get around to banning this stuff soon enough, as they did with K2. In the meantime, I'd ask that if you do see this shit at some sketchy midtown gas station, spend the money on hard liquor instead.