Despite its innocuous name, in effect, bath salts as a drug of abuse bears no resemblance to the stuff used for a relaxing soak in the tub. They are a variety of synthetic stimulants that experts say are designed to mimic the effects drugs like cocaine or methamphetamine. Side effects of using this drug among other things have been associated with paranoia, insomnia, panic attacks, suicidal thoughts and attempts, spikes in blood pressure and serious episodes of psychosis. In several bath salts addiction stories, there has been some unusually gruesome reactions where, according to police reports, users have:
There is no disputing that these outrageous reactions have terrible and often irreversible consequences for the user and others who happen to be in their path. But, as Munchie Morgan reminds us in her addiction story titled “Say Something” we should not forget that these people are human beings and that the disease of addiction can happen to anyone. According to Morgan; “So many people seem to forget that they were young once, that they’ve made stupid decisions in their lifetime, that they haven’t always been the perfect role model for their kids, that they’ve done things they’re ashamed of, that they’ve hurt people they love, that they could have died once or a hundred times as a result of their own actions…”
As such, addiction to any drug must be taken seriously. In an effort to stop the use of this drug and due to the accumulation of these grisly bath salts stories this deadly substance has been banned in the United States. According to a press release, the new laws not only prohibit the sale of compounds referred to as Bath Salts but also similar ingredients and other synthetic substances or chemical formulations that has the potential to produce these horrific effects.
According to Senator Charles Shumer who helped to sponsor the bill, this law will help to prevent illicit manufactures from circumventing the system, which has been a recurring problem in the past, by adding the bath Salt ingredients (mephedrone and methylenedioxypyrovalerone) to the Food and Drug Administration’s list of approximately 31 other substances that cannot be prescribed for any medical condition or sold legally under any circumstances.
Despite this ban however, some investigators indicate that bath salts may still be available on the black market or through internet resources. Experts say because of the sub-culture in which this drug use typically occur, people who abuse bath salts tend to use it in combination with other substances. As a result, these users are frequently at risk of developing co-occurring disorders. Whether you are a current bath salt addict or have developed an addiction to another drug of abuse due to the prohibition of this substance, it is important to seek help to determine if there are any residual issues from using bath salts. The psychological effects of bath salts abuse such as paranoia and psychosis have been known to linger, even after long periods of abstinence.
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