Tuesday, February 14, 2017

“Bath Salts” and the Brain, 2

Synthetic cathinone products are often marketed as “bath salts.” They contain mind-altering ingredients that can cause a range of effects including: Synthetic cathinones can produce effects that include: paranoia, hallucinations, increased sex drive, panic attacks, excited delirium with extreme agitation and violent behavior, nosebleeds, sweating, nausea, dehydration, breakdown of skeletal muscle tissue, and kidney failure. Intoxication from synthetic cathinones has resulted in death. The worst outcomes are associated with snorting or needle injection. And, yes, they can be addictive. Animal studies show that rats will compulsively self-administer synthetic cathinones. Human users have reported that the drugs trigger intense cravings—uncontrollable urges to use the drug again. Taking synthetic cathinones often may cause strong withdrawal symptoms that include: depression, anxiety, tremors, problems sleeping paranoia. No medications are currently available to treat addiction to synthetic cathinones. Naturally, prevention is the best policy.


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