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What are bath salts? Synthetic cathinone (bath salts) incorporate more than one lab-made chemical to represent the effects of the stimulant found naturally in the khat plant, grown in East Africa and southern Arabia. It’s not uncommon for people to be addicted to bath salts because they are not meant to be used for bathing, contrary to the name. Instead, the side effects of bath salts stimulate a euphoric sensation while increasing psychotic behaviors.
Usually, bath salts look like a white or brown crystal-like powder, sold in foil or plastic packaging. The powder form can be compressed in gelatin capsules and sold in smoke shops. Typically, synthetic stimulants are available at head shops and some convenient stores but labeled “not for human consumption.” The drug is taken orally, smoked, or snorted, although many will also inject the substance directly into the veins. Bath salts smoked or injected will have immediate effects, although the results after consuming the drug in any form are quickly experienced. The drug's common street names are bliss, ocean burst, stardust, and white lightning.
People addicted to bath salts crave the high that the drug grants after use. The synthetic substance is manipulated to provide an intense euphoric sensation and awareness to the body and surroundings. Yet, depending on the dose, a high is supposed to last up to four hours, but reports have indicated that people have experienced the symptoms of the high for as long as 72 hours. The average time the high lasts is around 6 to 8 hours. The high often leads people to go astray in their minds, becoming violent and erotic.
Potential overdose is a high possibility for people on bath salts since hypertension and hypothermia are regular side effects. The side effects of Molly (MDMA) are similar to the effects that follow the misuse of bath salts. People addicted to bath salts experience these side effects, which include:
Faith in Recovery programs are an excellent form of treatment as well as positive support groups. Since overdose is more likely for those who experiment with or abuse bath salts, it’s important to understand the risks prior to using or completely avoid certain drugs. Also, a partial hospitalization program offers a clean and stable environment that offers support to patients to overcome substance abuse.
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