Freddy Sharp Tells His Story of Bath Salt Addiction

on Wednesday, 06 June 2012. Posted in Breaking News, Bath Salts

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A Miami man is strapped to a gurney, restrained, but singing, making faces, and twitching. According to myfox8.com, the paramedics asked, "You know where you're at?" Twenty-seven-year-old Freddy Sharp could not answer at the time, but later explained he was "off in his own world" after overdosing on bath salts. Watch the video of Freddy strapped to the gurney, high on bath salts.

Freddy told CNN's Don Lemon, "I'd never experienced anything like that. It actually scared me pretty bad." He said he had been hallucinating about being in a mental hospital, as well as being possessed by Jason Voorhees, from Friday the 13th. He said, "It just felt all kinds of crazy. It felt so evil. It felt like the darkest, evilest thing imaginable."

Bath salts have managed to make national headlines again, with the recent "zombie-like" attack in Miami. This drug is not the same thing as the bath salts that one would use to take a bath, or could be found in any bathroom. This is a synthetic drug, that is still legal in many states. The primary ingredient is MDPV, which is similar to methamphetamine. The drug remains available even after some states have banned it because chemists simply change the formula slightly to skirt the ban, creating another new chemical that is not covered under the ban. This drug has often been associated with paranoia, delusions, hallucinations, and even violence and super human strength.

Freddy Sharp claims he never felt the urge to "eat anybody's flesh" while on the drug. He also said, "You feel like you are 10 feet tall and bulletproof, and you actually do not feel any pain." He adds that he "just got paranoid." Freddy's overdose became a turning point in his life, as he describes, "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." He recalled trying to calm himself, but was unsuccessful. He said, "I felt like if I lost control, anything could happen."

Freddy claims the experience was the worst of his life. Coming off the drug was also horrible. Besides the withdrawal, "whenever it comes out of you, you can smell it in your hair. It's so nasty." He described the smell as "unclean, nasty, unkempt, chemically-type-smell."

When asked what he would say to other users, Freddy said, "The only thing I can say to them is that if you value your life, you'll stop and won't do it anymore, because it will destroy your life. It will destroy your family. It will destroy everything."

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Image courtesy of MyFox8.

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