Emergency rooms are seeing a growing number of people high on “bath salts,” new stimulant drugs that can cause long-lasting and dangerous effects. The New York Times reports that doctors are trying to determine the best way to treat people high on these synthetic drugs.
The use, manufacture and sale of “bath salts,” synthetic drugs that mimic the effects of cocaine, have been outlawed under a bill signed by Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal. A number of other states have recently banned bath salts, including New York and North Carolina.
Manufacturers of synthetic marijuana have changed the chemical formulation just enough to evade a ban by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, according to an article in the Sun-Sentinel. The new formulation is being sold in stores and on the Internet.
A new report from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime finds that the abuse of prescription opioids and synthetic drugs are on the rise globally, while worldwide markets for cocaine, heroin and marijuana have declined or remained stable. The report found the U.S. market for cocaine has experienced massive declines in recent years.
Two popular synthetic drugs, K2 and bath salts, have been outlawed in North Carolina. The new law states that bath salts, which mimic the effects of cocaine, have a high risk of being abused, and have no currently accepted medical use in the U.S.
Many drugs sold as ‘legal highs’ online do not contain the ingredients advertised, a new study finds. A British chemist purchased products marketed as research chemicals, bath salts and plant food that were clearly marketed toward recreational drug users. He found that most didn’t contain the supposed active ingredient that was advertised.
Synthetic marijuana known as Spice can cause long-lasting psychosis, according to a report at the American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting. Doctors at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego reported that in 10 men hospitalized for psychosis caused by Spice, symptoms lasted for days or even months.
Missouri legislators approved a ban on synthetic drugs, known as bath salts, this week. The bill also expands an existing ban on another synthetic drug called K2, to include other similar substances. The measure is awaiting the governor’s signature.