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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

rous states in recent weeks and poisonings have jumped. In 2011, the National Poison Control Centers received over 6,000 calls about synthetic cathinones, compared to only 300 in 2010.

Bath salts are widely available for $25 to $60 a packet at convenience stores and smoke shops, and the U.S. government has mobilized to combat their rising abuse. In June 2011, the DEA placed three specific synthetic cathinones into its Schedule 1 category of controlled substances, citing the move as "necessary to avoid imminent hazard to the public safety" due to high abuse potential and lack of medical use.

According to DEA, synthetic cathinones are falsely marketed as "research chemicals," "plant food," or "bath salts." Packages usually have the warning "not for human consumption," most likely in an effort to circumvent statutory restrictions for these substances. Common brand names for these are Purple Rain, Cloud 9, White Rush and Scarface.

Ameritox has developed tests for bath salts that not only detect three common synthetic cathinones that the DEA categorized as controlled substances, but also tests for five other chemical components commonly used in bath salts products.

"These basement chemists will almost certainly alter their formulas to stay one step ahead of the law and urine drug testing, but Ameritox is just as focused on leveraging our state-of-the-art laboratory capabilities to meet the growing dangers posed by the emergence of designer drugs," said Leider. "We know that to best support the efforts of physicians to reduce drug misuse and abuse, our scientific research has to remain leading edge."

For additional information, visit www.ameritox.com.

About AmeritoxAmeritox is the nation's leader in Pain Medication Monitoring Solutions®, offering specialized laboratory testing and reporting services. Ameritox's expertise and innovative science provide physicians with insights and suppo
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