LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews 3) -- Jay Sirat shouldn't be dead, but his addiction to bath salts destroyed his life.
News 3's Reed Cowan is investigating this new drug trend and spoke with Jay's father, Rob Sirat -- a man determined to save lives by telling his son's story.
News 3 has shown some of the bath salts Robb Sirat found in his son's bedroom after his son's death. Jay was a college-bound young man from a religious family and should have lived -- should have been anywhere -- but in a Boulder City grave.
Synthetic drugs known as bath salts killed him, says his father.
“I felt that when my son was on bath salts . . . he was possessed,” he said holding back tears.
Robb Sirat says one of Jay's classmates, who was another athlete, introduced him to bath salts, which are a cocaine copycat attractive to teens because bath salts don't show up in drug tests.
Sirat, sensing something was wrong with Jay, took him for a drug test.
“I knew at the time he was high . . . If he was high, how did he pass a drug test?” Rob Sirat said.
He passed because as those who sell bath salts told our undercover team: "They always come out with new ones and the ones they ban, there's not much time to catch up it costs too much money to make all these special tests for each different kind there's a thousand and they can tweak and make it a different compound."
Within months, Jay Sirat became a person his family didn't recognize and one night lost his mind.
“Jay just jumped out of the car at 40 miles per hour,” his dad said. “Runs across the street . . . We found him three hours later asleep in a dumpster.”
The next day Sirat was committed to a hospital, and that stay was followed by rehab. But it didn't save the would-be champion swimmer.
After coming home committed to staying clean, his sister found him hanging from a noose in the family garage. His father received the news by phone.
“Words I never thought in a million years . . . Jay's dead,” Rob Sirat says. “I remember the next thing I knew I was on the ground in the arms of my friends.”
The family was left to wonder what could have been, had bath salts not been legal and available to their son.
Robb Sirat believes action is a way to heal.
It hasn't been that long since his son's death, and already he's been to smoke shops that sell bath salts to confront those who sell it.