A Manchester University (MU) assistant professor has received the New Investigator Award, which consists of a $10,000 grant, to conduct research on the metabolism of bath salts. Diane Calinski, who teaches pharmaceutical sciences and pharmacogenomics at the MU, has been awarded the grant for the “Evaluation of Cytochrome P450-Mediated Metabolism of the Synthetic Cathinones.”
Funded by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), the award offers grant for study programs of early-career pharmacy faculty. Calinski will also receive an additional sum of $1,000 as travel allowance to present her findings at the AACP’s annual summit in Chicago next summer.
Synthetic cathinones, commonly known as bath salts, have emerged as popular recreational drugs in the nation’s party scene in recent years. Growing numbers of young Americans are snorting, swallowing or injecting these drugs to experience intense euphoric effects. The resulting dopamine rush is known to make party-goers feel energized, and enhance their musical experiences.
However, abusing such drugs can spell disaster requiring users to undergo professional treatment to overcome compulsive urges to use them. Studies show that people abusing bath salts reported high blood pressure, chest pain, dehydration, panic attacks, muscle degeneration and kidney failure. Most people often tend to misinterpret bath salts as “Epsom salts,” which are added to bathwater to feel relaxed and beat stress. The name — bath salts – is being used by unscrupulous drug makers to dodge law enforcement authorities.
These synthetic or designer drugs are manufactured to mimic the effects of mind-altering hard drugs. They even have identical chemical structures and similar euphoria-inducing properties. Most illicit drug manufacturers regularly modify the chemical structures of bath salts to circumvent drug laws so that their product continue to be sold in the markets. In fact, drug dealers market synthetic cathinones as cheap substitutes for stimulants such as cocaine, methamphetamine and ecstasy. Public health officials nationwide have included synthetic cathinones under the category of “new psychoactive substances” (NPS), which are produced to replicate the effects of controlled substances. Available in the form of white or brown powdery crystals, these drugs usually reach the markets masquerading as bath salts, jewelry cleaner, phone screen cleaner, or plant food.
High school students, adolescents and young adults are high-risk group, vulnerable to addiction to bath salts. In the recent years, there have been several instances of drug trafficking organizations resorting to clever packaging and marketing tactics to make these dangerous synthetic drugs seem appealing to young customers. According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC), 107 closed exposures to bath salts were reported as of March 31, 2016.
Overcoming addiction to bath salts
Studies suggest that bath salts are synthetic substances that stimulate the central nervous system (CNS), similar to psychedelics, methamphetamine and cocaine. Owing to their high potential for abuse, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has classified
3, 4-methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV), Mephedrone and Methylone — the active ingredients used to manufacture bath salts — as Schedule I drugs.
If you or your loved one is struggling with addiction to bath salts or any other addictive substance, contact the Sovereign Health of San Clemente. The detox process to break free from the clutches of bath salts and other party drugs like gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB), ecstasy and lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) can be complicated, as it depends on each case of addiction, including the unique composition of the drug abused by users. Specialists at our world-class bath salts addiction treatment centers in California are trained to identify the underlying causes and prescribe customized detox programs to overcome addiction and regain control of your life. You may call our 24/7 helpline or chat online with one of our representatives for more information.