Burning Tree Responds to "Bath Salts" Abuse

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Addiction treatment center takes on designer drug in disguise

A new drug menace in America is drawing the attention of treatment centers, such as Burning Tree. The powders, containing mephedrone and MDPV(methylenedioxypyrovalerone), are key components of products labeled as “bath salts” and sold legally in stores and online. These stimulants act similar to Methamphetamine and Cocaine, yet also produce hallucinations, delusions, and even psychotic episodes.

This highly addictive new designer drug is not marketed for human consumption, according to product labels, yet the stimulants it contains can cause intense cravings in anyone who smokes, injects or snorts them. Users may binge on “bath salts” over the course of several days, leading to overdose and hospitalization. Medical personnel nationwide are responding to a fast-growing number of emergency calls and emergency room visits, although patients treated in a similar manner to Meth and Cocaine overdose cases do not respond as positively.

Despite the dangers of these toxic substances, many teens and young adults are drawn to them because of the drug’s current accessibility. While the stimulants are not regulated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, policymakers are taking notice of the growing problem. In Louisiana, the sale of these “bath salts” has been banned following a high number of calls to the state’s Poison Control Center related to exposure to the toxic chemicals contained in the product, which is known by a variety of names, such as Ivory Wave, Bliss, White Lightning, Hurricane Charlie, Vanilla Sky, Charge, or White Knight.

Initial side effects, similar to Meth and Cocaine, include elevated heart rate, hypertension, irritability, extreme paranoia, delusions of super-human strength and invincibility, hallucinations, suicide, aggressive and violent behavior, and possibly even murder. Users may still experience a state of psychosis after sedation as part of the potential short-term and long-term effects of the drug. Permanent brain damage is one potential outcome of using “bath salts”, and additional research may reveal other threats of the designer drug.

Users with a history of chemical dependence can be helped by entering a program designed to provide solutions for the person suffering from chronic relapse. At Burning Tree, highly trained addiction specialists evaluate an individual’s needs and treat him or her in a holistic manner. An integral part of the long-term treatment available at Burning Tree’s residential facilities is the “dual diagnosis” approach to treating both chemical addiction behavior and mental disorders.

Burning Tree operates two long-term drug and alcohol rehabilitation treatment facilities in Texas, with locations near Dallas and Austin. The facilities are licensed by the Texas Department of State Health Services, and provide a focus on treating individuals who have experienced a chronic relapse. More information about the services at Burning Tree can be obtained online at http://www.BurningTree.com or by phone at (866) 287-2877.

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