The dangers of "bath salts"

By: Kristen Shanahan Email
By: Kristen Shanahan Email

SHERMAN, TX-Local doctors said it seems "bath salts" have recently become the drug of choice for many young people. One doctor said most don't understand how dangerous the synthetic drug can be.
"Bath salts" are synthetic compounds that can be found in tobacco shops and truck stops. And, though doctors say the product is not manufactured for human consumption, they've seen a growing number of people ingesting the product.

The medical director from Texas Health Presbyterian -WNJ said they've seen their fair share of patients who've used the synthetic drug. He said "bath salts" make people feel invincible, leading to violent and psychotic behavior.

Dr. Al Cardenas said using "bath salts" extensively can lead to significant brain damage and even death.

"If you keep stimulating it so much, it will cause effects that appear to be superhuman. However if the patient survives, they will potentially have brain damage and muscle damage," he said.

Cardenas said "bath salts" can be ingested, injected or inhaled.
A report from the CDC said that "bath salts" have been banned by 30 state legislatures.

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  • by Amy on Jun 12, 2012 at 06:45 PM
    Carol, the reason they have a hard time cracking down on the distributors is they are usually over seas. Plus they also sell it like crazy on line. These sickos even had it on special after the Miami thing so sells wouldn't slow down.
  • by Debbie Location: Sherman on Jun 12, 2012 at 04:22 PM
    whats next bubble bath! " Hey im trying to relax here get the straw out of my bath water!"
  • by newswatcher Location: sherman on Jun 12, 2012 at 04:19 PM
    I have read all these comments about bath salts and i am laughing because you all are thinking that its the ones you put in a bath to relax. But the bath salts that this article is about is far from the ones in walgreens or walmart. these are like k2 and come in an envelope similar to k2 only difference is that bath salts are a white powdery substance that looks like meth and works like meth. In Miami this last week some guy was smoking bath salts and attacked a homeless man and chewed most of his face off before police had to shot him. So this doesnt sound like a high i want to have.
  • by Carol on Jun 12, 2012 at 02:49 PM
    I don't understand why the Fed's don't go to the source and stop the production and distribution of these bath salts and similar items sold at tobacco store's and so forth. I know they are operating in a legal loop hole but this has got to stop. Everyone involved should be held responsible. Especially the Producers of this terrible drug. God Help Us All, we are all in Danger.
  • by Nikki Sixx Location: Ambrose on Jun 12, 2012 at 12:16 PM
    Bath salts.......I once ate some of my moms Calgon and it just gave me the craps
  • by Darwin Location: Everywhere on Jun 12, 2012 at 10:47 AM
    I'm thankfull to the post for explaining to those of us who don't already know, how to use the "bath salts". Now can you tell me how to cook meth?
  • by Lee Roy Jenkins on Jun 12, 2012 at 10:46 AM
    A prime example of why prohibition doesn't work. As long as there are ways for human beings to alter their state of consciousness they will find it. You cannot protect people from themselves. As Fozzy said legalize it all and if they die or have brain damage so what. They made a decision and it had consequences.
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      by Glock on Jun 12, 2012 at 03:26 PM in reply to Lee Roy Jenkins
      This is another reason why I carry a concealed weapon.
  • by Dawn Location: Ardmore on Jun 12, 2012 at 07:18 AM
    These stores that sell these drugs are only concerned with the profit being made and not the individual and community destruction. They sell these chemicals but if a person came to their store high on them and acting suspicious or violent, thy would be calling the local police to come and clean up the mess that they started. An ugly cycle that needs to be broken.
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      by Common Senser on Jun 12, 2012 at 11:20 AM in reply to Dawn
      You are a genuis Dawn! I think you are right, the stores seem to be concerned with making a profit. I cannot imagine that goal. I'll bet you are right too that if some strung out junkie (plenty in Ardmore) came into their store acting violent, they would call the police! Shame on these evil, profit-making stores! What are they thinking?
  • by Fozzy Location: Ardmore on Jun 12, 2012 at 06:30 AM
    Legalize it all.. let those defective humans who use it die... clean up the gene pool.
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      by Justin on Jun 12, 2012 at 12:15 PM in reply to Fozzy
      Completely agree.
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      by Big T on Jun 12, 2012 at 06:55 PM in reply to Fozzy
      Only problem with that theory is they won't die fast enough before their criminal ways cause chaos to innocent people. They have to buy their drugs somehow. And since they can't keep a job due to their addiction, they rob, rape, steal and murder to get what they want. So unless you have a way to beam them to outer space, legalizing these drugs won't help a bit.
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        by Lee Roy Jenkins on Jun 13, 2012 at 01:36 PM in reply to Big T
        They have to find a way to buy their drugs somehow now. Every act you mentioned, is already against the law. Perhaps stiffer penalty's should be given for those crimes committed under the influence of any drug. The war on drugs is a failure that only invites a criminal personality. See the 18th Amendment, 1920 - 1933.
  • by Cleve on Jun 12, 2012 at 06:13 AM
    What next, smoking battery acid?
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