Flakka & Bath Salts

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Bath salts are synthetic substances that contain a variety of chemicals and are often sold over the counter by gas stations and head shops, as well as on the street.

Recently, designer drugs like bath salts and flakka have been appearing on the streets. Earning their name from one of the various products they are disguised as, bath salts are a particularly dangerous “upper”. These are not your grandmother’s Epsom salts. Flakka, while chemically different from bath salts, is from the same family of designer drugs. Most common in the Southern United States, Flakka has spread to other regions as well. It is known for being extremely inexpensive and potent, making it a real threat to communities across the United States of America.

Designer drugs such as flakka and bath salts are often seen in news headlines, associated with bizarre behaviors. Recently, a Miami man ran out of his house, ripped his clothes off, and screamed violently while fighting off police officers. It was later revealed that he was high on flakka. Florida was the nation’s clear leader in flakka-related arrests in 2014 and 2015, but the drug has spread throughout the rest of the nation as well.

Appears in stores as

Bath Salts, Computer Cleaner, Plant Food, Jewelry Cleaner

Sometimes sold on the street as

Flakka, Molly, MDMA, Cocaine, Gravel

Common ingredients

Methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV), Mephedrone, alpha-PVP, Other Cathinones

Methods of Use

Snorted, Injected, Smoked, Orally

Bath Salts & Flakka Drug Effects

Bath salts and flakka typically appear as a white, crystalline powder, but can sometimes be found as larger chunks or crystals. Bath salts sold in stores are often packaged in a way that real hygiene products would not be, featuring questionable imagery and homemade labeling. Ironically, some of the products are labeled “not intended for human consumption”.

Someone abusing Flakka and Bath Salts may exhibit the following drug effects and symptoms
  • Paranoia
  • Hallucinations & excited delirium
  • Increased sociability & lowered inhibitions
  • Increase sex drive
  • Panic attacks
  • Headache
  • Tense muscles
  • Increased body temperature
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Nosebleeds
  • Dilated pupils
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Teeth grinding

While the “high” typically lasts two to four hours, the physical effects can last much longer. Depending on how the addict uses the drug, other signs may exist. Injections can leave scarring on the arms, hands of feet, while snorting bath salts can lead to a runny or bloody nose.

Withdrawal symptoms of Flakka and Bath Salts can include…

  • Anxiety
  • Sleep problems
  • Depression
  • Impaired cognitive function
The severity of these symptoms varies depending on the following factors.
  • Length of use
  • Method of use
  • Previous psychological conditions
  • Genetic factors

Safe detox from regular use of bath salts is critical, not only for comfort but to medically stabilize the addict’s body to prevent physical consequences. Treatment at an inpatient substance abuse facility is usually recommended to ensure long-term recovery.

Long-Term Effects of Flakka and Bath Salts

Since bath salts, flakka, and other designer drugs have just recently become more popular, long-term effects are still difficult to measure. There is, however, some research on how these drugs interact with the brain and metabolize in the body. Studies show long-term effects of synthetic cathinones can occur long after the desired effects wear off. These include but are not limited to…

  • Psychosis
  • Intense Hallucinations
  • Aggression
  • Rhabdomyolysis
  • Depression
  • Anxiety Attacks
  • Liver failure

Bath salts and flakka are similar to cocaine and amphetamines in that they increase the level of dopamine in the user’s brain. Dopamine is a chemical associated with the brain’s reward system, and increases are responsible for the “up” feeling that users are trying to achieve with these designer drugs. After long-term use, dopamine levels in the brain become off-balance, which is when users are most vulnerable to becoming addicted.

Bath Salts and Flakka FAQ

Flakka and Bath Salts Treatment in West Palm Beach, FL

Since designer drug abuse has increased in past years, the demand for treatment specific to these types of drugs has increased along with it. Although there are no designated medications currently available to cure an addiction to synthetic cathinones, a variety of behavioral methods (such as cognitive-behavioral therapy) have been scientifically proven to be effective. Flakka, bath salts, and other similar intoxicants can trigger intense psychological drug effects that linger long after the drugs leave the body. This is why it is very important to get someone the appropriate help.

The first step is to visit our admissions process page. Specialists are available 24/7. Next, the physical dependency is addressed to safely remove the harmful chemicals from the body. Doctors will closely monitor the patient to prevent further medical complications. When cleared by a physician, the psychological, life and social factors are treated with a personalized combination of clinical and holistic therapies.

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