Increase abuse of Bath Salts - page 4

by WendyBensonRN

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I am a Psych Nurse in WV and over the last 3 months, there has been an astronomical increase in the amount of admissions that we have gotten that have been abusing bath salts. Here is my experience with this drug: the patient... Read More


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    I do not smoke anything, even regular cigarettes, but here is my take ont the subject...What is it about maeijuana that makes it more dangerous than etoh? in my opinion, nothing. yeah you can do stupid stuff after smoking pot, but how etoh affects most people is more damaging, in my opinion.
    And the monitary benefits???? omg just think of what this country will be saving, and gaining.........ta the hell out of it, like cigarettes, gas and alcohol.... and right there we hit the jackpot.... and then factor in the savings in the judicial systems for posession charges, housing a prisoner, etc..... alll this adds up to alot of money the country needs,,,,,
    its not like we are tallking about crack... pot is less dsngerous than alcohol..... wake up and smell the money go up in smoke, america!!!!!
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    Bath salts--just read a whole article about the guy who chewed off a homeless man's face in Miami. They think he was high on this stuff. Did anyone see the "Intervention" episode regarding the young guy who was addicted to this garbage? They later diagnosed him with paranoid schizophrenia, but you gotta wonder?
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    FYI: Bath Salts is just a name for privately created drugs that are sold in convenience markets under innocent sounding names, such as Bath Salts, Plant Food, etc.

    They are not what they imply that they are. No one is actually consuming Bath Salts or Plant Food. (although I don't doubt they would if they thought they could get a high)
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    Wow, I am amazed this thread was started so long ago, when the problem only caught my attention in the last month or so (after the "zombie" attack). I did recently have a patient (14 yo) who presented to hospital after EATING bath salts (literal nice smelling bath salts), in amongst some prescription drugs, to make the attempt at her life more pleasant. I don't think she understood. I certainly didn't!
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    That attack in Miami was particularly disturbing. I have a strong stomach and mind for these types of things, but seeing the post-op picks after knowing what this man went through were extremely graphic and not for the faint of heart. That was very sad.

    For the life of me I don't understand these bath salts; from the innocuous name to the high it gives them. As with everyone else, when I see "bath salts" I think of that lovely stuff that I put in bath water as a relaxing soak (lavendar-vanilla, my favorite). I see it as a way to relax but someone has taken the name and used it for an illicit drug with horrible side effects. Another aspect I can not understand, it sounds like it produces an unpleasant high in the user with paranoia, agitation, acting out. That surely does not sound "fun" to me.

    I just can't understand the appeal to using bath salts. Not one thing about them sounds remotely appealing to me. However, as another poster said, it's been on TV with Dr Phil, Dr. Drew warning parents about these, of course the kids see it and thing, "I gotta try it!!!" What are those (and other) bozos thinking?!
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    Unfortunately they're not thinking, that's part of the problem. It makes them absolutely psychotic and some never come out of it. Fries the brain.
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    Google "krokodil" and let's hope we don't see that here anytime soon.

    Unfortunately, even when they ban the chemicals in such products, the manufacturers can tweak the chemical composition ever so slightly, market it as "window cleaner" or "tire cleaner" and continue mass production legally. The packages also are labeled "not for human consumption" so the manufacturers can claim no responsibility. Buying these in a shop is a fairly complicated transaction.

    I work for a substance abuse/behavioral health facility and meth and bath salts are the two most popular drugs right now.
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    Apparently the "bath salts" commonly cause enough paranoid and agitated (violent) behavior that they users are a known threat to those around them. More than one person has been injured by those under the influence.

    I joked to my children (in their 20s) that perhaps this drug would lead to the zombie apocalypse...you know, get into a large water supply and cause the majority of the population involved to become mindless brain eating, human terrorizing, walking dead. They didn't think it was funny.
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    The ED I work at saw the bath salt spike around November of last year, and it seems to have slowed down a bit. We had multiple admissions to the ICU and many transfers to the local Psych hospitals because of it--- I have only seen people after they've injected it. It's not pretty-- they hallucinate and become very aggressive and (many times) uncooperative. Thank goodness for security. It's good that it's getting news coverage so people know how dangerous it is! Yikes.
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    Wow, I thought this bath salt issue is a new problem. Pretty crazy. I don't understand why people are trying it knowing what it does. Why would anyone want to try something that has caused people to attack and eat others? :/


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