Bath Salts ‘bad trip’ felt by doctors, law enforcement

July 17th, 2011 by admin Leave a reply »

Available in head shops and online, “Bath Salt” is essentially synthetic methamphetamine according to doctors and emergency rooms.  The drug has become readily available in past year and has been banned in about half of U.S. states, according to the Daily Beast.

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While the DEA has begun action to put an emergency ban on the ingredients that are contained in synthetic marijuana aka Spice or K2, no steps have been taken in the case of bath salts.

Like meth or cocaine, the drug is priced by gram. To get high, users of the drug snort it, smoke it or inject it like heroin. Some people take it orally or even bathe in it.  The substance is highly addictive and is known for compulsive re-dosing.  Side effects from its use include rapid heartbeat, vivid hallucinations, suicidal thoughts and death.

One user describes his experience, “Euphoria quickly switched to a feeling of paranoia as my heartbeat continued to increase to the point that it was all I could concentrate on. I felt like my heart was about to explode and it only got FASTER as time went on…I tried concentrating on the television in front of me and the sounds and people around me, but I couldn’t, all I could think about was my heartbeat, I thought I would surely die…It took about 4 hours for me to feel any sort of relief from the paranoia, but my heart continued to beat irregularly fast

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