Bath Salt Addiction
Bath salt addiction is quietly overtaking many places throughout the United States and elsewhere. It has remained under the radar of most for a long time, only being known to the people doing it and those on the frontlines of trying to combat drug abuse. However, it came into the public view a couple of years ago, thanks to a very well documented occurrence of a man allegedly high on this drug savagely attacking another man and nearly consuming his face. New drugs such as this are often untested and can lead to strange and unsettling consequences when one is under their influence.
Bath salt addiction is often unexpected because so little is known about the drug. Unlike heroin or meth, which are highly prone to abuse to the point that it is common knowledge how dangerous they can be. This drug can be taken in a variety of ways, such as orally, injection, or inhalation. It has many different effects that have made it popular, including boosts in dopamine and synthetic cathinones, which create psychotropic responses in the brain and can lead to severe intoxication. The side effects of this drug include an increased pulse, paranoid feelings, hallucinations, increased blood pressure, and even suicidal thoughts. Panic attacks and cardiac problems are common and only increase the danger involved with taking this drug. Emergency rooms in hospitals across the country have seen a surge in admittances due to this illegal substance, and it looks as though there may be no end in sight.
Although the chemicals that are used to create this drug have been banned as having no medical values at all and a high potential for misuse, it is still being produced and so bath salt addiction remains as something for people to be vigilant of, as it is easily hidden and the potential for its abuse is high. As new drugs continue to be produced, this being only the latest one, and there will surely be others to follow. It requires the diligence not only of the police but the proper education to prevent tragedies such as what happening in Miami two years ago from happening again.