WHAT ARE 'BATH SALTS'?
The use of a new synthetic drug, known as ‘bath salts’, has begun to emerge in Canada, raising concern amoung health and law enforcement officials. ‘Bath salts’ are having a serious impact on communities nationwide as popularity for using grows.
The term ‘bath salts’ was coined due to the drug’s similar resemblance to actual bath salts. ‘Bath salts’ can come in a white crystal form, very similar to that of regular bath salts. However, the properties of each substance are completely different.
The main ingredient in ‘bath salts’ is methylenedioxypyrovalerone, also known as MDPV. MDPV is currently legal in Canada, making it easy to cross the border. In the fall, however, MDPV will be categorized as a Schedule I substance under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. This will place it in the same category as heroin and cocaine. MDPV is responsible for the side effects that occur as a result of taking the drug and is highly addictive. Like any designer drug, the exact composition of each batch can vary widely and in this case the drug can be smoked, snorted or injected.
The side effects associated with ‘bath salts’ include psychotic and dangerous behaviour. MDPV speeds up the central nervous system and produces a number of powerful effects typical of amphetamines. Many users may experience intense hallucinations and paranoia. There have been recent incidences of harmful behaviour throughout the US and Canada related to this drug. ‘Bath salts’ have also been linked to reports of self-mutulation. There is still more to be understood about the use of ‘bath salts’, making it even more dangerous.
It is clear that ‘bath salts’ are not as harmless as they sound. ‘Bath salts’ have a significant effect on the body and can cause behaviour that is both harmful to the community and the user. The Canadian government is making strides in regulating the drug and should hopefully decrease the presence of ‘bath salts’ on the streets.
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