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the affects of Bath Salts On Mental Health
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Bath Salt addiction can be very harmful to anyone's Mental Health. Yes, there has been numerous reports in the media of the reports of suicide and violence caused by an addict using Bath Salts for the first time. Forty one states have out right banned Baths Salts but in my home state of California it is still legal for the moment. Those that are manufacturing Baths Salts have changed their marketing tactics as well since they are illegal in some states and now instead are selling this harmful drug as glass cleaner in local head shops. It makes one wonder how can a drug that is produced out of the United States being allowed to be sold legally here. Well, friends the answers lyes with the FDA and other Federal Agencies such as the Drug Enforcement Agency.
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Most Bath Starts sold in the US start out with a natural plant called Khat which can be found in Asian countries and India. Khat alone is already in itself illegal to possess at this time. Khat is then synthesized down into one of one of three compounds that is then sold as Bath Salts. The main three compounds made from Khat and sold as Bath Salts are Mephedrone, Methylone and Methlenedioxypyrovalerone. The interesting thing about Bath Salts is if our government used the same methodology as they have been used in banning Crystal Meth by addressing the root substance that is then synthesized into the new illicit substance then this drug in all forms would already be banned in the United States. Most of the Bath Salts in the US is actually produced in Europe and most countries in the UK have already banned Bath Salt. Bath Salts can be purchased in my home state of California or on the inter net.
My personal observation of someone high on Bath Salts
One morning when I came in to work the day shift at a sober living I ran a few years back two young men were awake which was odd. I noticed that they were both chatting away and chain smoking. To most people this wouldn't seem unusual but to a sober living manager who knows his residents well this was very odd. These two young men could never get up early if their lives depended on it. I drug tested both of them but the urinalysis cup came up negative. I also noticed that both young men were walking around the house grabbing themselves in a place that was inappropriate. I racked my brain all morning trying to figure out what these two young men were high on. I brought both of them into my office one by one and of course one feeling guilty he confided in me that he himself and his roommate had in fact ingested Bath Salts purchased at a local head shop.I consider myself lucky as both young men did not get violent with me or display serious psychotic behavior during this episode. That is not to say that their behavior was not peculiar. I set up an intervention with one of the residents mother to determine if we should send him back to rehab and while in my office decided to put his hands down his pants and grab his genitalia while we were conversing with him. It was after this day I decided that would do everything I could to inform myself of all the new designers drugs that were being sold at local head shops.
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Mental and Physical effects of Bath Salts
It is needless to say that Bath Salts can be very harmful to ones physical and mental health. Mental Health Clinicians across the United Stated are having a fit of a time when treating those who have habitually abused Bath Salts. Mental negative side effects can include Hallucinations, Drug Induced Psychosis, Paranoia and extreme Panic Attacks. Users of Bath Salts have been know to mutilate themselves, attack others violently and in extreme cases commit suicide. Yes the effects are similar to Crystal Meth but it seems that the initial onset of these side effects come on very quickly sometimes with in an hour as compared to Crystal Meth which make take hours before these symptoms appear.
Complications in Detecting Baths Salt by Law Enforcement, Drug Rehabs and Sober Living Homes
I have been working in the urinalysis business for a while now. Today with designer drugs such as Bath Salts and Spice it is ill advised to just depend on the results from a Urinalysis cup. Test panels are not set up this time to detect Bath Salts and other designer drugs so in a sense it might be impossible to actually impossible for those in Law enforcement, and working at a drug rehab or sober living home to detect the presence of Bath Salts in urine unless the sample is sent out to a lab that can analyze the urine with a gas chromatography mass spectrometry unit and only a licensed lab with have one. Today you cannot just depend on instinct or be full of ego with today's new drugs science can help the Addiction Treatment community battle incoming tide of designer drugs. Lastly when dealing with clients who may court committed a urinalysis cup is not the legal standard and courts may ask specifically for toxicology results from a certified laboratory.
Suggestions on what to do if in the presence of someone high on Bath Salts
If you think someone you are in the presence of is high on Bath Salts the first thing I would recommend is leaving the vicinity immediately and call 911. You have to understand that when anyone high on this drug their are not rational and very delusional and your actions could be very easily taken as a threat by the one high on Bath Salts. The news media has published numerous stories of those under the influence of this drug committing suicide, violently attacking friends and family and in some cases mutilating themselves.I hope you have found this information useful as we all battle the war on addiction.
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