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Not really 'bath salts' -- paper provides update on 'designer stimulants'
Date:6/4/2013

Philadelphia, Pa. (June 4, 2013) The last few years have seen the emergence of a new drug problem in so-called "bath salts"actually "designer stimulants," packaged and sold in ways that skirt drug laws. A review and update on these designer drugs is presented in the June Journal of Addiction Medicine, the official journal of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health.

Recent high-profile incidents have drawn attention to "bath salts" as a new and potentially hazardous type of recreational drug. Addiction medicine specialist Dr Erik W. Gunderson of University of Virginia, Charlottesville, and colleagues, review available data on the use and effects of these designer drugs in this issue of JAM. The paper provides a timely update including implications for medical management and drug policy.

Rapid Rise in Abuse of 'Designer Stimulants'

Over the last few years, products containing "substituted cathinone stimulants" have become widely available for sale on the Internet and elsewhere. To evade legal controls, the stimulants are sold as bath salts, stain removers, or other household products. Although packages are conspicuously labeled "not for human consumption," they are clearly intended for "use as psychoactive substances," according to Dr Gunderson and coauthors.

Initially more prominent in Europe, designer stimulants have become a problem in the United States over the last few years. The number of calls to U.S. poison control centers regarding substituted cathinone stimulants increased from zero in 2009, to about 300 calls in 2010, to more than 6,000 in 2011. The chemical compon
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