From Science Daily:

Recent years have seen an unprecedented growth in number and availability of new synthetic psychoactive drugs in the US and worldwide. In 2014, 101 new psychoactive drugs were identified, worldwide. Such drugs are often sold as “legal” highs or “research chemicals” over the internet or in head shops. Among these new drugs, “bath salts” appear to be one of the more commonly used in the US. “Bath salt” use has been associated with numerous adverse cardiac, psychiatric, neurological, gastrointestinal and pulmonary outcomes. In 2011, the use of bath salts was responsible for over 20,000 emergency room visits in the US and poisonings and deaths related to use have been occurring at large dance festivals. Increases in bizarre behavior linked to use of the “bath salt” known as Flakka (alpha-PVP) has increasingly been appearing in headlines. “Bath salt” use appears to be prevalent, yet, despite this, little is known about the epidemiology of this drug in the US.

A recent study, published in The American Journal of Addiction by Joseph J. Palamar, PhD, MPH, a CDUHR affiliated researcher and an assistant professor of Population Health at NYU Langone Medical Center (NYULMC), is among the first nationally representative studies in the US to examine self-reported use of bath salts.

The study, “‘Bath Salt’ Use Among a Nationally Representative Sample of High School Seniors in the United States,” used data from Monitoring the Future (MTF), a nationwide ongoing annual study of the behaviors, attitudes, and values of American secondary school students. The MTF…

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