Bath Salts

Alvin Cheng and Jack Higgins

What are bath salts?

Bath salts is a family of drugs that have at least one man made chemical related to cathinone. It is an amphetamine-like stimulant similar to methamphetamine and MDMA, also known as ecstasy or molly.

How are bath salts abused?

Bath salts are abused through swallowing, snorting, inhaling, and injecting. Snorting and injecting are the most harmful methods.

How do bath salts affect the brain?

Bath salts effect the brain in many ways. They can make you feel joy, have increased social interaction, and also have an increased sex drive. People have had similar reactions to drugs such as cocaine and meth. This happens because both drugs trigger the brain to release Dopamine when they enter the body.

What are other effects of bath salt?

Bath salt users have had heart problems after using the drug and have also experienced symptoms of paranoia, hallucinations, and panic attacks. They have also experienced dehydration, breakdown of muscle tissue, as well as kidney failure.

Can you get addicted to bath salts?

You can get addicted to bath salts. Users have reported that bath salts cause an intense urge to use the drug more. Using it frequently causes tolerance (the need to take more to feel the effects), dependence, and withdrawal symptoms when not taking it.

Can you die from the use of bath salts?

You can die from the use of bath salts. Intoxication of several drugs found in bath salts such as methedrone has caused death.

How many teens abuse bath salts?

Thousands of teens abuse bath salts. 22,904 people had to visit the emergency room due to the use of bath salts in 2011 alone. Bath salts are abused by themselves as well as with other drugs such as marijuana.

What should you do if someone needs help?

You should call National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK if you need to speak to someone. If you need information about treatment, call Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator at 1-800-662-HELP or visit www.findtreatment.samhsa.gov

What classification do bath salts belong in?

Bath salts are drugs that stimulate the body in many different ways. Some other drugs related to bath salts would include caffeine, Nicotine, Cocaine, and MDMA.
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