The abuse of illicit drugs has become a serious and multifaceted problem in the United States, with millions of people falling in the vicious cycle of addiction. Despite tough laws and regulations, there has been an incredible increase in mortality rate due to illicit drug abuse. The escalation in the mortality rate has been attributed to overdose deaths, adverse health effects, poor socioeconomic condition, etc.
Drugs like methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine and prescription painkillers have devastated millions of lives in the U.S., with the number of casualties increasing relentlessly every year. To enhance the psychoactive effects, various dangerous drugs are available in the illegal drug market. Of these lethal and noxious drugs, bath salts have really taken over the drug market, affecting a large population.
Bath salts are a class of drugs containing synthetic cathinones. These drugs contain one or more manmade chemicals related to cathinone. They are commonly known by street names like Ivory Wave, Purple Wave, Red Dove, Blue Silk, Zoom, Bloom, Cloud Nine, Ocean Snow, Lunar Wave, Vanilla Sky, White Lightning, Scarface, Hurricane Charlie, Flakka, etc.
The primary ingredients of this designer stimulant, exhibiting characteristics akin to methamphetamine and 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), are derived from the Khat plant grown in East Africa and southern Arabia. However, bath salts can be much stronger than the khat plant. Being a new drug, there is limited awareness about its chemical composition and effects on both body and mind.
Addictive potential and other hazards of bath salts
In the case of new designer drugs like bath salts, it is often difficult to determine their potency or chemical makeup. Initially, bath salts started making headlines for all freaky incidents. Often confused as a cleansing product, they are easily available online and appear innocuous. Therefore, consumers easily fall prey to such drugs.
Bath salts consist dangerous chemicals, such as mephedrone, methylone and methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MPDV), banned by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). These powerful stimulants trigger intense cravings and pose an enormous risk of overdose. Moreover, these drugs can take control of a person with just a single dose. As such, overdoses and adverse health effects like hallucination, suicidal tendencies, increased pulse rate, etc. are just the tip of the iceberg.
When two different types of cathinones act on the nerve cell collaboratively, they flood the brain pathways with dopamine. With a surge of dopamine, users experience an altered sense of consciousness and high energy, rapidly mounting to delirium and agitation after high doses or chronic use. Such drugs have also been associated with bizarre conducts of killings, hyperthermia, cardiovascular problems and death.
Despite the above-mentioned prohibitory measures, other versions of bath salts have been created to hoodwink the law. Therefore, it is essential to spread awareness on effective treatment and appropriate medications essential for subsiding the effects of bath salts.
In some instances, people who inadvertently took the drug struggled with irreversible brain damage and turned paranoid, aggressive, agoraphobic insomniac, etc. There are also numerous cases of people turning into a “zombie-like” creature and attacking people at places like homes, roads, transport and other public places. According to the neurobiologist Michael Baumann, who heads the Designer Drug Research Unit at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) in Baltimore, “Nevertheless, bath salts are still often associated with cannibalism and the zombie apocalypse.”
Seek treatment before drug abuse devastates
Due to one’s dissociation from reality, the paranoia and delusional effects associated with such drugs can trigger a spectrum of violent behaviors, often leading to suicide. Despite strong laws restricting the manufacture, sale and use of such drugs, there are millions of people under the influence of such noxious drugs. This is precisely due to the tendency of manufacturers to deceive law by tweaking the chemical composition of such designer drugs.
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