DEA Bans Bath Salts

DEA Bans Bath Salts

Finally, the DEA bans Bath Salts. If you don’t know what they are, just know that they are a highly addictive and harmful class of drugs.

What are Bath Salts?

Bath Salts have nothing to do with real bath salts – or “jewelry cleaner,” “plant food,” or “phone screen cleaner” – all of which they’re also sometimes called. Bath Salts are snorted, injected, or mixed with food or drink.

Bath Salts are designer drugs, meaning man-made or synthetic substances, which contain synthetic chemicals that are similar to amphetamines. Exactly what chemicals are in the drugs isn’t known.

Most bath salts are MDPV, or methylenedioxypyrovalerone, although different chemical compounds are constantly being made by illegal street chemists. It is difficult to know exactly what is in bath salts because of the ever-changing concoction and because no tests have existed until recently. That’s changing now, as some tests have been developed for certain of chemicals known to be found in bath salts.

Are Bath Salts Addictive?

The chemicals in bath salts are now labeled as Schedule I drugs because they have been found to have no medical value and to have a high potential for abuse. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, incidents involving the use of bath salts have sparked thousands of calls to poison centers across the country.

What Effect Do Bath Salts Have?

Like other amphetamines, bath salts cause an elevated mood, heightened libido, euphoria, and loss of appetite.

Also like amphetamines, bath salts can negatively impact cardiac, renal and respiratory functions.

The effects of bath salts include agitation, paranoia, hallucinations, chest pain, increased pulse, high blood pressure, and suicidal thinking and behavior, which can last even after the high from the drug has dissipated. Sadly, there have been a few highly publicized suicides a few days after their known use.

The DEA Bans Bath Salts: Emergency Scheduling

In October of 2011, the U. S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) exercised its emergency scheduling authority to control three synthetic stimulants (Mephedrone, 3,4 methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) and Methylone) used to make products marketed as “bath salts” and “plant food.” This action makes possessing bath salts, selling bath salts, or any products that contain them, illegal in the United States, therefore the banning bath salts. This emergency action was necessary to prevent an imminent threat to the public safety. The temporary scheduling action remains in effect for at least one year while the United States Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the DEA bans bath salts completely by further studying these chemicals.

 The DEA Bans Bath Salts: The Synthetic Drug Abuse Prevention Act

The Synthetic Drug Abuse Prevention Act of July 2012 makes it illegal to possess bath salts, to use bath salts, or to distribute many of the chemicals used to make bath salts, including Mephedrone and MDPV. Methylone, another chemical used in bath salts, is also under the DEA regulatory ban. Altogether, the DEA bans bath salts – over 26 chemicals – that have been found to be ingredients in synthetic drugs known as bath salts.













Amphetamine salts combo


What is amphetamine salts combo?

Amphetamine salts combo is a combination of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine salts. These salts are usually mixed together to create what you and I know as Adderall XR, which is a common medication used in the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. Amphetamines and amphetamine salts combo are in a class of psycho-stimulant drugs known as phenethylamines which have the primary side effects of psychological and physiological stimulation. The stimulation or wakefulness occurs because the amphetamine salts combo increases the levels of dopamine and norepinephrine neurotransmitters in the brain. This gives amphetamine salts combo a therapeutic ability but it also gives them a very high potential for recreational abuse. Amphetamine salts combo is highly and notoriously addictive because euphoria is one of the main side effects as well as stimulation, wakefulness, and increased energy.

Amphetamine salts combo use in teens

While amphetamine salts combo are meant for ADHD many people use amphetamine salts combo for the sole purpose of enhancing their performance; with or without a prescription. The most common users of amphetamine salts combo are students; young students who still live with their parents. This is dangerous not only because of the high abuse potential associated with amphetamine salts combo but also because most parents don’t know that their young scholars are using them. A new poll showed that only 1% of parents said their teenage children had taken drugs such as Adderall or Ritalin without a prescription.

That percentage is much lower than the percentage of teens that suggest they are using an amphetamine salts combo such as Adderall or Ritalin. A good example would be the study in 2012, which found that about 10 percent of sophomores and 12 percent of seniors said they had used amphetamine salts combo without a prescription.

These studies show the rise in amphetamine salts combo abuse and how a new trend is on the rise with what is now known as “study drugs”. Amphetamine salts combos are called “study drugs” because students use the drug to help them study for a test or stay awake to do homework. Teens without a medical need for amphetamine salts combo will even fake symptoms to get a prescription of the drugs or they will just get the drugs from friends who are prescribed to it.

Too many kids on amphetamine salts combos

“The new findings, from the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health, examined parents’ awareness of the issue, surveying parents of U.S. children ages 13 to 17. About 11 percent of parents said their teens had been prescribed stimulant medication for ADHD.”

Among the parents whose children were not prescribed to any amphetamine salts combos only 1% said their teens had used the drugs for study purposes. About 4% of parents said they didn’t even know if their teen had abused the drugs and 95% said their teens had never abused the drugs.

There is a definite disconnect between teens using amphetamine salts combos or being prescribed to them and their parent’s knowledge about the whole thing. The reason parents may be in the dark about amphetamine salts combos could be due to the fact that they don’t have as intense of an effect as say, heroin or cocaine. Plus amphetamine salts combos can help their children study better and what parent really wants to believe that is due to drug use?

Either way there needs to be more communication about amphetamine salts combo and what it is, what it does, how readily available it is and who is using it.