What’s The Big Deal about Bath Salts?

Bath Salts … Big Deal or Not A Big Deal?

Well, the above image that’s traveling around the Internet pretty much says it all. Some kids using bath salts may try to convince you that they’re harmless and no big deal. After all, you could buy them in some stores and via online merchants. However that case could be further from the truth. Just ask the DEA.

DEA Extends Ban on Synthetic Drugs

Just this past February, the Drug Enforcement Agency extended its ban on five synthetic substances (compounds of fake pot & all salts and isomers derived from them), encouraging them to be added to the Schedule 1 Controlled Substances Act (CSA) which offers the tightest rein on drug compounds. According to DEA, Schedule 1 substances cannot even be used for medicinal purposes.  While rule makers are taking the proper time and cautions to fully discover and analyze these compounds through scientific and medical evaluations, the administration went ahead and used emergency scheduling authority to ban these compounds from being produced and sold for another six months. The early findings showed that these drugs cause extreme hazards for those who use them and are highly addictive.

Read the DEA Press Release on banning synthetic compounds.

Stop Your Synthetic Drug-Using Teens

These drugs are such a problem because they were initially  marketed as “legal” and sold in average U.S. retail stores. They were very easily accessible, especially among teens. And unfortunately, they’re also very addictive. As ER cases and drug-related issues came out, so did restrictions (and then a ban) on synthetic drugs. However one quick Google search will show you they’re still around, and still very easy to obtain.

The signs for kids on synthetic drugs are the same for kids on “traditional” drugs. However if you suspect use and go for a drug test, remember that standard 5-panel or 10-panel will not detect synthetic drugs, you’ll need a test specifically for synthetics.

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