Post Content

  KatWheltonAviPinals 

Posted by: Kathleen Whelton and Avi Pinals who both work in the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services 

Bath Salts have been in the news a lot lately, but what are they? Bath Salts are a group of chemical compounds that when taken orally, inhaled, or injected mimic the effects of stimulants (like cocaine). According to the Office of National Drug Control Policy, these compounds have been named “Bath Salts” in order to hide their actual purpose and to avoid government regulations.

Since Bath Salts are a relatively recent invention, there is limited research on their long term consequences.  We do, however, have information about some of their short term effects, which include violent behavior, confusion, chest pain, hallucinations, paranoia, vomiting, seizures, anxiety, and even death.

Fortunately, Governor Deval Patrick recently signed legislation making Bath Salts illegal in Massachusetts.  Furthermore, a federal law signed by President Obama in July makes it illegal to sell, own, or use any products containing the chemicals used in Bath Salts, including buying and selling online.

For resources for parents on how to keep kids safer from drugs and alcohol, visit the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services’ website. To learn about activities and services in your area for youth visitwww.mass211help.org or call 2-1-1 (TTY: 508-370-4890). If you have concern about a loved one’s drug or alcohol use, visit www.helpline-online.com or call 1-800-327-5050 (TTY: 1-617-536-5872) 7 days a week.

 

Written By:

Recent Posts

Memorable Milestones! posted on Aug 30

Memorable Milestones!

Watching children learn and develop can be a wonderful thing and it is common for parents to wonder whether their child is developing as expected. Along with keeping up with regular doctor visits, there are several different ”milestones,” things that most children do by certain   …Continue Reading Memorable Milestones!

Ready for School? Check Those Vaccine Records! posted on Aug 29

Ready for School? Check Those Vaccine Records!

It’s Back To School season so make sure your child is up to date on all recommended vaccines. Getting vaccinated according to the recommended immunization schedule is one of the most important things a parent can do to protect their child’s health. Diseases can quickly   …Continue Reading Ready for School? Check Those Vaccine Records!

Getting on the Kale Kick! posted on Aug 24

Getting on the Kale Kick!

Some food trends come and go (sun dried tomatoes, anyone?), but hopefully kale is here to stay!  The popularity of this leafy green has exploded over the last several years, and with good reason.  Low in calories and rich in vitamins C, A and K,   …Continue Reading Getting on the Kale Kick!