Warning: Bath Salts – The New LEGAL Drug
Bath SaltsThere is a new and dangerous, but LEGAL drug that has found its way to Arizona. The drug is marketed as BATH SALTS, but the effects of consumption have been described as the worst of meth, coke, PCP, LSD and ecstasy, combined. The use of bath salts has surged dramatically and tragically in states where it has shown up, so the administrative team at FUSD decided to bring this information to you in the hopes that heightened awareness will be the first step to prevention.

 

Like synthetic marijuana, which is sold as incense, bath salts are labeled, “Not for human consumption,” thereby skirting the federal laws that are intended to ban substances that simulate illegal drugs. And, as with synthetic marijuana, chemists have managed to keep the substances on the market where states have directly banned them by changing one or two molecules, leaving the drug potent, but, once again legal. In the case of bath salts, though, the minute changes in the chemical composition can also cause changes in the way patients respond to treatment when they show up in the emergency room and keeping doctors guessing about how to care for their patients who have ingested the drug.

The effects of snorting, smoking or injecting bath salts are extremely dangerous and often violent, and the psychological effects can remain for months, resulting in paranoia and aggressive or violent outbursts. Sometimes the violence is self-abusive - even suicidal - and sometimes it is directed at others. Across the country and abroad, bath salts have been linked to many violent crimes, including homicide. Users say that the high is a horrible and frightening "trip," but the drug leaves an extremely strong craving to do it again, and again and again. We urge you to take the time to educate yourselves about bath salts, and to talk with your kids about the use of drugs. The safety of your children is our top priority at Florence USD. The loss of even one child in such a meaningless and tragic manner would be a tragedy for all.

Here are some links that tell you more:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/17/us/17salts.html?pagewanted=all

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/22/AR2011012203854.html

http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/features/bath-salts-drug-dangers

http://www.santanvalleytoday.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1779:synthetic-marijuana-products-still-available-at-local-smoke-shops&catid=34:top-stories  (Local article in the San Tan Valley Today, primarily about synthetic marijuana, but also mentions bath salts)