The controversial bath salt drugs have become more and more popular amongst teenagers and young adults, which is why the number of emergency room visits and poison control calls continues to rise. The American Association of Poison Control Centers says poison control centers received 3,470 calls about bath salts during the first six months of this year, a jump from 303 calls in all of 2010. Experts believe that the use of these “legal high” drugs may have longer lasting harmful effects than previously thought.
Bath salts can cause:
- extreme paranoia
- rapid heart rate
- chest pain
- suicidal thoughts
The New York Times reports that the Drug Enforcement Administration is considering whether to classify two chemicals in bath salts, MDPV and mephedrone, as Schedule I drugs. While at least 28 states have banned bath salts, a DEA ban may not be very effective, considering that chemists can change one molecule of the formulation and the bath salts will comply with the DEA classification of the chemicals. Bath salt companies need only stay one step ahead of the DEA in order to keep operations up and going.
Just because a product is sold over the counter at a convenience store or over the internet hardly means it is safe for consumption. It seems like despite the heavy attention the press is giving these substances people are still ignoring the warning signs. There is no telling how one’s mind will react to such chemicals considering there has been little testing on them up until recently. Some people just hallucinate, while others contemplate suicide; again, there is just no telling how one will be affected by bath salts. The best thing anyone can do is avoid them altogether for mental health reasons alone.
If you know anyone experimenting with these substances, please caution them about the severe danger associated with the chemicals contained inside those little packets of bath crystals.