So Many Unknowns

With the growing use and publicity of such drugs coined "bath salts" and "herbal incense," there’s also a growing number of cases that keep medical professionals puzzled as to how to treat patients with the side effects of these drugs.

According to information in a recent article, statistics show that there were more than 6,000 cases of people who had used bath salts in 2011. In January of this year alone, there were more than 200 cases of people who had been exposed to the drugs.

One of the issues that is so troubling regarding these types of drugs is that technically they are legal at some level. The producers of such drugs seem to stay one step ahead of the legal system in the potency of the chemical makeup.

The components in the drugs are ever changing and therefore significantly increase the danger level to users because they never know what potency they are getting. The high can be different and often fatal if the wrong composition is received.

To add another layer to the problem, bath salts are still relatively new to medical professionals and they may not always know that a patient comes into the emergency room for side effects from this type of drug use. Currently, there is no urine analysis test that can be used to indicate whether or not the drugs are in a person’s system.

Those in healthcare may not know to treat a patient for overdose from bath salts and they may treat them for something else with similar side effects. This course of action could be deadly for the patient.

With so many unknowns and so many things changing in the makeup of this drug, that ups the problems that are associated with it. This is a drug that has the similar effects of meth, but with less information.

Education is going to be the key for those in the medical profession and judicial system as this epidemic expands.