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Bath Salts and Teens: The Cold Hard Facts

Posted on December 8, 2014 in Teen Drug Addiction

Bath Salts and Teens: The Cold Hard Facts

In June 2012, Americans from coast to coast were shocked by a story about a vicious attack launched against a homeless man alongside a Miami highway. The perpetrator of this crime chewed off most of his victim’s face, and when ordered by police to stop his assault, he only growled and bared his teeth, forcing the officers to shoot him to death in order to save the other man’s life. Eventually, reports leaked claiming that the so-called “Causeway Cannibal,” identified as 31-year-old Rudy Eugene, was under the influence of a designer drug known as bath salts at the time of his psychotic episode.

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teens arriving at ER after using bath salts

Posted on January 4, 2014 in alcohol and drug addiction

‘Bath Salts’ Linked to Nearly 23,000 ER Visits

“Bath salts,” a group of drugs containing amphetamine-type stimulants, are linked to an estimated 22,904 hospital emergency room visits in a single year. That’s according to the first national study tracking these drugs since their emergence five years ago.

The report is from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and is based on findings from a 2011 Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) report.

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