- In Health
As summer comes to an end, thousands of parents are preparing to send their young teenagers off to college. And with new found freedom, these young adults may be tempted and influenced to explore drugs that were never known before, such as bath salts.
Decades ago, in a much more innocent time and place, bath salts were an innocent product that was dissolved in bath water to soften or perfume the water.
Fast forward to today and, with all the changes in our society, bath salts have emerged as a new monster in addiction. Bath salts is the informal, slang term for a new group of man-made designer drugs becoming well-known as a synthetic drug with mood-altering and stimulant properties, typically in the form of crystals. Bath salts derives its name exclusively due to their appearance.
Teens are often drawn to bath salts because they are easy to find and relatively inexpensive to buy.
Regretably, it is difficult to predict how bath salts will affect each and every individual who takes them. Bath salts contain synthetic cathinones and act like a stimulant with effects similar to amphetamines. Paranoia, agitation and a racing heart are common, and according to the Partnership at Drugfree.org, these symptoms can begin in just 15 minutes and last for four to six hours.
Additional indicators of bath salt intoxication include feeling intently focused with an unusually high level of energy.
The dangers of bath salts are compounded by the fact that these products are frequently a mixture of "mystery" ingredients and may contain unknown compounds that may cause their own harmful effects.
The National Institute of Drug Abuse for Teens revealed that bath salts have been involved in thousands of visits to the emergency room.
- In 2011 there were 22,904 reports of bath salts use during emergency room visits.
- About two thirds of those visits involved bath salts in combination with other drugs.
Bath salts can become easily addictive, and it can be difficult for teens to overcome the addiction without outside and professional help. The treatment of bath salts often involves using medication to decrease the signs of anxiety and other nervous behavior. In addition, as it is for many other drug addictions treatment involves medical monitoring by qualified physicians.
Often, teens who have taken bath salts on a regular basis need help from a reputable rehab program. Do not be deceived by the innocuous name of this drug. It can be more destructive than its name implies.
Audrey Beim holds two advanced degrees from major universities, including a Master's Degree in Psychology. SheÂ has over 20 years of experience in the health, wellness, nutritional and fitness categories and has used her expertise to write articles for media outlets such as Linfield Media and Examiner.com.