The psychoactive designer drug, bath salts has been one of the most unpredictable drugs to assess in treatment settings as well as one of the most complicated to get control of legally. Although as of 2011, the U.S. finally banned the 3 chemicals found in bath salts, mephedrone, methanol and MDVP. The drug was first synthesized in the 1920’s but not brought into the public until it was sold in disguised packaging in the early 2000’s. As a new and mass produced designer drug, bath salts became overwhelmingly popular with teens and young adults and thusly the havoc was created. The drug was completely legal and readily sold in gas stations, convenience store, head shops and the internet with cover names labeled “Not For Human Consumption”. Manufacturers played cat and mouse with law authorities for some time. Law makers would find out the chemical make-up and ban its sales and usage but the manufacturers would then substitute various chemicals and re-market the product in a new name and package and hence it was legal again, in a grey area.
Overdoses in emergency rooms became common due to the bath salt epidemic and without much or any knowledge of the drug or effects, doctors didn’t have an accurate solution to handle it. The effects of bath salts on a person occur from between 5-20mgs but many packages sold on the shelves contained from 200- 500mgs. Since the effects are much like methamphetamines, the high can be irresistible and for the insatiable appetite of a drug abuser, there is no curbing the dosage taken. Bath salts usually come in the form of a white, off-white or yellowish color in either a powder or crystal-like form. Users can eat, smoke, snort or inject the drug. The behavior of a bath salt user is almost always unpredictable and erratic mimicking a methamphetamine high. Making sense or trying to talk with a person under the influence is a task in itself and usually with no logical outcome as they have a very difficult time focusing and communicating clearly.
These substances are deceiving, habit forming, and sometimes deadly. We have seen examples of bath salts sold as window cleaner, plant food and just plain bath salts for aromatherapy. Some packages even give reference to other drugs that it imitates such as heroin, meth, pot and cocaine, right on the labels which show how far some will go to make a buck, or millions.
The rule of thumb with any intervention; expect the unexpected and be prepared, but a bath salts intervention brings that to a new level every time. We seem to experience something new each time we meet a new client that needs rehabilitation from bath salts. We always have a solid plan of action to get someone you love into treatment and this type of intervention use is no exception. Again, many live in fear and try their best to stay away from people using this dangerous chemical but addiction is addiction and most all of the symptoms and damaging effects are the same. Once an addict falls into dependency and can’t find their way out of it, it’s up to those closest them to intervene some way somehow. Otherwise, not only does the addict’s life digress but so does anyone closely connected to them. Consider what life may have been before addiction took over and look forward to a new future where you’re not always feeling trapped by someone else’s addiction and watching someone you love fall to pieces in front of your eyes. There is a better life ahead if you can take the right steps forward. Our intervention is controlled and successful and led by professionals who know what they are doing, are certified and very successful. If you have questions or concerns about dong an intervention, please call us for a free and confidential consultation. There is a better life ahead if you want it badly enough. Don’t wait until they hit rock bottom. Lift the bottom for them and make treatment possible.
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