Synthetic drugs like mephedrone (bath salts) have increasingly been in the public eye over the past decade due to a rise in usage and availability that led to several high-profile incidents, including two people dying in Sweden and England.Until they were outlawed in recent years, the sale of these drugs was prevalent – in smoke shops, gas stations, pawn shops, convenience stores, and more. Even today it’s still possible to buy mephedrone bath salts online.
How Mephedrone Bath Salts Work
It is said that the active ingredient in bath salts is mephedrone, a chemical believed to be manufactured in China. In reality, though, there are two major chemical ingredients that affect people in opposite ways when they take bath salts.
Mephedrone is the first, and it releases dopamine and has properties similar to methamphetamine. The second is Methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV), a stimulant which works like cocaine on our bodies, producing an effect that almost seems like you took both drugs at the same time. In fact, studies done on rats show that mephedrone bath salts may be just as addictive as cocaine. After being a dose of the drug, the rats in question stopped caring about anything else other than getting more of the substance and stimulating that part of their brains.
Those who take mephedrone bath salts experience a number of not-so-pleasant side effects, including but not limited to:
- Increased heart rate (can potentially lead to a heart attack or stroke)
- Bloody noses
- Pain in the chest
- Panic attacks
- Nausea and vomiting
- Suicidal thoughts
- Fuzzy thought processes
- Skewed perception of reality
- Decrease in motor control
What’s even worse is the fact that bath salts manufacturers often change the chemical composition of these products in an attempt to stay ahead of the law, so the effects can differ and become more severe depending on the specific type of bath salt you use.
Where to Get Help for Mephedrone Bath Salts
Since this drug is being compared to methamphetamine and cocaine, it is incredibly addictive and dangerous. If you or a loved one has been using bath salts and don’t know how to stop yourself, seeking treatment is crucial. But don’t just go anywhere. This is a relatively new drug, but it has become so popular that actual bath salt treatment centers – places that focus on helping those with bath salt addictions and know what it takes to help – are more available. Do your research and make sure you find a place that truly knows how to help.
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