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Bath salts drug abuse is a growing problem in the United States. These salts are actually a category of drugs, not just those packaged for use in bathing. At the root of this drug category is the man made chemical cathinone, a stimulant. This chemical and others like it have only recently become known as a means of becoming high.
Bath salts drug abuse has quickly spread as word of a “cheap and legal high” caught on in drug circles. The chemical basis of these bath salts, cathinones, are similar to amphetamines. Bath salts usually contain three types of cathinones, including MDPV, mephedrone and methylone. But there are many other types that can be used to create a stimulant drug for smoking, injection or snorting.
The problem with bath salts is the drug can be marketed as a wide variety of products. The chemicals are usually sold in small plastic baggies or foil packs. They are often legally marketed for other purposes. Drug enthusiasts know the reality of the product’s marketing as a legally available “high.”
Bath salts contain chemicals that are often sold not as bath salts, but as:
These products are meant for discovery by drug users, as part of bath salts drug abuse. But they are labeled to trick the Drug Enforcement Agency and other law enforcement.
If someone you love is caught up in bath salts drug abuse, you may not easily recognize the drugs they are using. Instead, you may find small packages of these products that are actually the drug being used.
Bath salts use as a drug causes extreme intoxication that looks like the individual is very drunk. The salts are also very dangerous to health. Psychosis and violence are often outcomes of using bath salts as a drug for a period of time. Death can occur directly from using bath salts, although this is rare.
One major issue with bath salts chemicals’ widespread availability is that they are often sold as other drugs. People may believe they are using popular street drugs like MDMA, also known as Molly or ecstasy. But they may actually be using the more harmful bath salt chemical methylone.
Being high on bath salts causes reactions in the body that are similar to use of other stimulants. These reactions include high blood pressure, dilated pupils, rapid heartbeat and increased risk of heart attack and stroke. Many users act out in risky ways, such as through risky sexual activity.
Someone who is using bath salts is likely to suffer a low appetite and poor nutrition. They usually experience problems at school or work, as well as sleep disturbances that enhance all of the other effects.
Like use of other stimulants, using bath salts can lead to the following effects:
Bath salts use can lead to mental illness, such as severe depression. People using the chemicals have also been found to attempt suicide and self-mutilate. Addiction is a major risk for bath salts users.
Whether you or your loved one are stuck in a cycle of bath salts, drinking, meth, heroin, cocaine or prescription pill abuse, Beaches Recovery can help. Patients at Beaches Recovery enjoy the beautiful setting of treatment in Jacksonville, Florida. But more importantly, they gain the therapies, support, guidance, medication and coping skills they need for lasting recovery.
If you or someone in your life are ready to face a substance addiction and start living a better life, call Beaches Recovery at 866- 605-0532. You deserve a better life and Beaches Recovery can help you get there.