The new drug called "bath salts" is creating a new and very dangerous breed of drug user.There is a lot in a name. When it comes to drugs people are brought up being told the dangers of cocaine, marijuana and so on. When a new drug comes on the scene and has a nickname attached to it, it can mislead and draw in people in a very dangerous manner.
“Not the same substance used to scent your bathwater, bath salts contain amphetamine-like chemicals such as methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) and are sold as "cocaine substitutes" or "synthetic LSD." Its effects include paranoia, hallucinations, convulsions and psychotic episodes.
As with many new synthetic drugs, Bath Salts are still legal in some countries and states in America as the law catches up to this new phenomenon and creates restrictions and laws to cover it. This is only so effective, however, as due to the nature of synthetics it is a relatively simple process to replace an element of the drug with a different substance to dodge the law and continue sales.
The synthetic drug market is booming, with more and more new varieties and different substances being researched and sold for serious profits. While there is a large market for more mild synthetics such as Spice (an artificial alternative to marijuana), drugs such as Bath Salts are incredibly potent and can result in intense and psychotic hallucinations. Addiction can be a real problem in these cases. This is where the legal nature becomes a serious issue; with a strong drug available in shops and online stores it is much more acceptable in the addicts mind to continue purchasing as the social deterrent is limited.
Many countries now have to re-evaluate the way they look at drug laws to allow them to more quickly play the game of cat and mouse with the wide and ever increasing variety of synthetic drugs plaguing our populace. It remains to be seen if people can be protected from exposure to these addictive and potentially harmful substances.