Bath Salts Research Paper

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Pharmacology Project: Bath Salts Bath salts is the informal street name for a family of designer drugs, often containing substituted cathinones, which have effects similar to amphetamine and cocaine. It can be categorized as a stimulant however the drug is sometimes laced with hallucinogens. Physically the drug resembles Epsom salts, hence the street name bath salts. Bath salts have become increasingly popular in the United States starting in 2010.” The American Association of Poison Control Centers received more than 6,100 calls about bath salt drugs in 2011 — up from just 304 the year before — and more than 1,700 calls in the first half of 2012” (DiSalvo, 2012). Physical effects of using bath salts include tachycardia, hypertension, euphoria, hallucinations, psychosis, paranoid delusions, agitation and diminished requirement for food and sleep. The psychosis can cause extreme violent, combative and self-injurious behavior. The most profound side effects from large overdoses include seizure, rhabdomyolysis and renal failure.
The subjective effects of bath salts last approximately three to four hours, but the…show more content…
Users tend to suffer from severe anxiety, paranoia, psychosis, hallucinations, agitation and delusions. Those are the symptoms that cause users to act out violently as we’ve seen in the news. The user appetite has decreased and they’ve lost a lot of weight in a short period of time. Since bath salts are a stimulant you’ll notice involuntary muscle movements, grinding of the teeth and rolling of the tongue. Drastic changes in sleep patterns and dilated pupils are also signs that a person is abusing bath salts. Bath salts affect everyone differently so these symptoms may occur after one use or 30 uses. At this time there aren’t any effects upon the physical health of others who are around people using bath salts, however as mentioned previously users can become

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