Bath Salts Abuse and Addiction (cont.)

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What are risk and protective (prevention) factors for bath salts abuse and addiction?

There are a number of biological, psychological, and social factors, called risk factors, that can increase a person's likelihood of developing a substance-abuse or substance-dependency disorder. The frequency that addictions to any drug, including bath salts, occur within some families seems to be higher than can be explained by the addictive environment of the family. Therefore, most substance abuse professionals recognize a genetic aspect to the risk of this and other drug addictions. Mental-disorder symptoms that are caused by bath salt abuse or addiction include mood disorders like depression or anxiety. Social risk factors for bath salts, as for any type of drug abuse and addiction, include male gender, age 18 to 44 years old, unmarried marital status, and lower socioeconomic status. According to statistics by state, people residing in the West tend to be at higher risk for chemical abuse or dependency. As with substance abuse in general, prevention of bath salt abuse and addiction is increased by circumstances like receiving appropriate supervision, as well as clear messages from family members that drug use is unacceptable.

What are the symptoms and signs of bath salts intoxication?

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The signs and symptoms of bath salts intoxication include feeling euphoric ("high"), sexually stimulated, thinking one is more focused, and having high energy levels for two to four hours after taking the drug. Those symptoms tend to be followed by feeling very let down for several hours to days thereafter.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/17/2014

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