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Injection Drug Users Prone to Consuming Bath Salts, Synthetic Marijuana

Posted on September 24, 2014 in Research & News

Bath salts” and synthetic marijuana are two recently developed classes of illicit/illegal drugs that have received significant attention from both public health officials and the media. All substances that fall into these two classes have the ability to substantially harm the health of human beings. In a study published in August 2014 in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, researchers from two U.S. universities sought to determine how often people who use injection drugs also use either bath salts or synthetic marijuana. They also looked at some of the underlying factors that make it more probable that an injection drug user will consume one of these substances.

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Rodents Quickly Become Addicted to Bath Salts

Posted on April 24, 2014 in Research & News

Rodents Quickly Become Addicted to Bath Salts “Bath salts” is a term that scientists and laypeople commonly use for a group of substances, called synthetic cathinones, which have recently appeared in the popular consciousness as a potential source for serious drug abuse. Many of these substances, including a fairly widespread bath salt called MDPV (3,4-Methylenedioxypyrovalerone), are outlawed under current U.S. drug laws. In a study published in March 2014 in the journal Addiction Biology, researchers from two American institutions explored the potential of MDPV to produce the physical and behavioral changes that typify people affected by diagnosable substance addiction.

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Bath Salt Drugs and Molly Addictions

Posted on October 6, 2013 in Designer Drugs

Bath Salt Drugs and Molly AddictionsNew York’s Electric Zoo Festival held over Labor Day weekend made headlines in 2013 not because the electronic music was great, but because it shut down early after two people died from drug overdoses.[i]  That same weekend a University of Virginia student died at a Washington, D.C. rave, and a 19-year-old woman died in a Boston club, where three other people also overdosed.[ii]

All seven, including those who died within a week of one another, had consumed “Molly,” a pill sold at parties and concerts that is supposed to be pure Ecstasy. The pills they took actually contained cathinones, man-made drugs found in “bath salts.” Bath salts have nothing to do with actual bath salts. They are hallucinogens legally sold in little packets in convenience stores and over the Internet, sometimes packaged as plant fertilizer, plant food, cell phone cleaner, pond cleaner, insect repellant, vacuum bag cleaner, and jewelry cleaner.[iii] The packages are usually marked “not fit for human consumption” so that they can be sold legally.[iv] Before state and federal legislatures began cracking down on bath salts, minors were buying these drugs more easily than they could buy cigarettes.

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Dangerous Symptoms of Bath Salts Last for Days

Posted on October 18, 2012 in Research & News

The symptoms sound like something straight out of a horror movie. After consuming a substance, the victim loses control. The substance makes them see horrifying things that aren’t really there and feel paranoia to the extent that they try to kill themselves or others. They don’t want to harm themselves or others, but the substance overtakes them and for days they grapple with extreme emotions and acts of aggravation and violence.

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Dangers of Legal Bath Salts and Incense

Posted on June 23, 2012 in Research & News

Creators of drugs such as K2 Spice are hiding behind labels like incense and bath salts to keep their products legally stocked at tobacco shops and specialty stores across the country. But just because these drugs are classified as legal doesn’t mean that they are safe.

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Bath Salts First Explored in the 1920s Re-Discovered Recently

Posted on April 23, 2012 in Research & News

Although bath salts and plant foods have made a lot of headlines lately they are nothing new. In fact, they were first introduced in the 1920s to explore better antidepressant options by pharmaceutical companies and universities.

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Bath Salts Are Dually Dangerous

Posted on March 10, 2012 in Research & News

Government reports tell us that abuse of drugs like cocaine is on the decline. That is good news. However, recent years have seen the entry of new synthetic drugs which are designed to mimic drugs like cocaine. Marketed under the street name of bath salts, these new drugs are off-setting declines in other statistics, while posing the same, perhaps even greater dangers.

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Synthetic Drugs: You Don’t Know What You’re Getting

Posted on February 22, 2012 in Research & News

Add another battle to the war on drugs. Synthetic drugs are becoming increasingly popular as well as dangerous to users.

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Designer Drugs Driving Users to Emergency Rooms

Posted on December 23, 2011 in Research & News

Traditional reports concerning emergency room visits due to drug abuse focused on drugs such as cocaine, heroin or LSD. Today, the attention must go to the use and abuse of what we once considered household drugs.

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New Designer Drugs – A High-Risk High

Posted on December 12, 2011 in Research & News

Emergency room physicians around the nation are reporting a disturbing trend. Kids are showing up under the influence of a stimulant known popularly as “bath salts”. The young people are arriving at the hospital E.R. in states of agitation, violence and psychosis so extreme that often an entire team of health workers is required simply in order to restrain them.

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