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Bath Salts: With Dangerous Drug Use on the Rise, Ameritox Launches Critical New Test to Help Detect Designer Drug
Date:7/11/2012

BALTIMORE, July 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Ameritox(SM), the nation's leader in pain medication monitoring, today announced that it has developed a test to detect "bath salts," a class of drugs being created in chemistry labs with the purpose of bypassing laws and providing a "legal high."

Though the Drug Enforcement Administration currently includes three synthetic cathinones – known on the street as "bath salts" or "plant food" – on its list of banned Schedule 1 drugs, Ameritox scientists have formulated tests that screen for five additional chemical compositions. This level of screening for bath salts puts Ameritox at the forefront of other pain medication monitoring labs.

Structurally and pharmacologically similar to amphetamine, methamphetamine, and MDMA ("Ecstasy"), synthetic cathinones, or bath salts, are laboratory-created versions of a controlled substance. These substances, however, have no legitimate bathing use, in contrast to Epsom salts. In what some have called a "chemical cat and mouse game," new versions of bath salts are continuously produced with a slightly altered molecular structure to avoid being classified as illicit drugs.

"Physicians know the dangers of combining dangerous substances with powerful prescription painkillers," said Harry Leider, MD, Chief Medical Officer of Ameritox.  "Assuring patient safety has taken on new, high-stakes challenges with the proliferation of these designer drugs. Many of these laboratory concoctions are so new they are not yet illegal – but are still extremely dangerous."

Bath salts are said to affect users similarly to methamphetamine, with side effects that can include agitation, combative behavior, hallucinations, paranoia, anxiety, seizures and palpitations.

Deaths related to the use of bath salts have occurred in nume
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