Bath Salts – Designer Drug Danger

September 30th, 2012 by admin Leave a reply »

Bath salts

The media has been abuzz in recent weeks about “bath salts” — but they’re not writing headlines about the scented crystals used for bathing or Epsom salts. Bath salts are the latest designer street drug to raise alarm bells across Europe and the United States. Marketed falsely under benign-sounding names that also include “research chemicals” or “plant food,” these substances are part of a dangerous new class of drugs called synthetic cathinones.

Synthetic cathinones are structurally and pharmacologically similar to methamphetamine, Ecstasy, and LSD, which are also considered designer drugs — that is, manufactured versions of controlled substances. Synthetic cathinones pose serious health risks and danger to the public. Side effects include chest pains, increased blood pressure, increased heart rate, agitation, hallucinations, extreme paranoia, and delusions. They are addictive and have been linked to deaths. A number of incidents of bizarre behavior have fueled recent media stories.

But what makes them particularly dangerous is their ease of access — bath salts are available legally via the internet or in drug paraphernalia stores. That’s because the so-called “chemists” who produce them make constant, minor alternations to the drugs’ chemical make-up, dodging Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Schedule 1 classification on a technicality — and leading many to claim the drugs provide a “legal high.” Further fueling their popularity, the outlets that sell bath salts often promise that urine drug screens will not detect their presence. Not so…

Ameritox, a uring drug testing company, announced recently the

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