What are Bath Salts?

Bath Salts contain manmade chemicals related to amphetamines that often consist of mephedrone, methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) and methylone, also known as substituted cathinones. The powder-like substance is described as “fake cocaine” and is consumed by snorting, injecting or smoking.

BATH SALTS MAY BE AS ADDICTIVE AS COCAINE

Bath Salts have gained popularity among recreational drug users and act in the brain like cocaine, reveals a study published by Behavioral Bran Research journal. Scientists recently tested the effect of the synthetic drug on mice using “intracranial self-stimulation” (ICSS) – a method that has been used for decades as a way to look at how drugs activate the reward circuitry in the brain, which can lead to addiction. Certain drugs increase the brain’s sensitivity to reward stimulation, which in turn makes them work harder to receive the reward. The researchers measured the mice’s wheel-spinning efforts before, during and after they receive doses of cocaine or bath salts, and they found that bath salts had the same reward potency as cocaine. These finding suggest that bath salts, although marketed until recently as a relatively benign “legal high” – could be more addictive than people may realize.

BATH SALTS SIGNS & SYMPTOMS

  • Anxious and jittery behavior
  • Insomnia, rapid heart rate, nausea, reduced motor control, seizures
  • Severe paranoia, panic attacks, depression and suicidal thoughts
  • Erratic behavior with potential for hallucinations, violence and self-mutilation
  • Lack of appetite

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