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Substance Abuse Counseling Program: Bath Salts

A packet of the illegal drug bath salts

Substance Abuse Counselors should be able to identify this drug.

Because of recent events any substance abuse counseling program will be discussing methylenedioxypyrovalerone or MDPV, otherwise known as bath salts.   Other names for this designer drug include; plant fertilizer, stardust, ocean, cloud, white lighting to name a few.   These drugs are sold in stores by how they are labeled.  These vials can be legally sold as something else.  They are sold for use in your bath tub or to feed your plants and they will say not meant for human consumption.   This can bypass drug laws.    Substance abuse counselors have noticed their effects and addictive properties are a lot like cocaine.   For more on the effects of these drugs please review the following article.

By Malanga and Robinson, other UNC co-authors are Abigail E. Agoglia, Eric W. Fish, and Michael E. Krouse.
Support for the research comes from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and the National Institute on Drug Abuse, which are components of the National Institutes of Health.
From Medical News Today

Substance Abuse Counseling Program: What are Bath Salts?

The use of the synthetic stimulants collectively known as “bath salts” have gained popularity among recreational drug users over the last five years, largely because they were readily available and unrestricted via the Internet and at convenience stores, and were virtually unregulated.

Recent studies point to compulsive drug taking among bath salts users, and several deaths have been blamed on the bath salt mephedrone (4-methylmethcathinone or “meow-meow”). This has led several countries to ban the production, possession, and sale of mephedrone and other cathinone derivative drugs.

For the full article please go here.

A vial of bath salts

A small bottle of bath salts.

Because this drug can be purchases some what legally on the streets it is important that all substance abuse counselors know what it can do.   Bath salts are a dangerous drug and we need to prepare ourselves for its fallout.

If you are interested in taking a substance abuse counseling program, then perhaps you would like to visit our website.


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