A drug that has been on the market since 2011, bath salts, or bath salts as it’s known by its brand name, was made by a Canadian pharmaceutical company in 2014.
The drug, which has been prescribed by the US Food and Drug Administration since late 2015, has been linked to an increase in the number of people seeking treatment for a variety of mental health issues.
According to data from the US National Center for Health Statistics, the drug’s use has increased significantly since the beginning of the year.
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A drug is an addictive drug that’s often sold as a way to get high.
It can be a recreational drug, an opioid, a stimulant, or an opiate substitute.
A drug called ‘bath salt’ is commonly sold as an illegal drug in the US.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) classifies the drug as a Schedule I drug, meaning it has “no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse”.
A person can be prescribed bath salts if they: are under 21, are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, have a mental illness, or are addicted to drugs or other substances.
In addition to having a strong addiction, people can also take bath salts in doses of up to 40 mg a day.
What are the health risks of bath salts addiction?
People who take bath salt can become extremely high and paranoid, as the drug is commonly used as a substitute for prescription painkillers.
Bath salts have also been linked with a rise in the use of other opioids, including fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid that has a high level of fentanyl in it.
The DEA classifies it as a controlled substance, meaning that it has a higher potential for addiction and a higher risk of abuse.
How does the bath salt problem in the UK compare with the US?
The UK has not been affected by bath salts or other opioids as much as other countries, but some parts of the country have reported a spike in drug use.
Some parts of England, such as Birmingham and Reading, are particularly hotbeds of the drug.
The BBC has reported that there has been a spike of people buying bath salts online, which is a major problem for the country’s anti-drug policing unit, the National Policing Improvement Unit (NPIVU).
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“It’s just an absolutely shocking statistic and it’s indicative of an opioid epidemic in our society,” Detective Inspector Neil Smith, head of the NPIVU, told the BBC.
“The drug has come into the UK and people are getting addicted to it.
People are using it as an opioid.
It’s a very dangerous thing and people need to understand that.”
How are drugs made?
Drugmakers make the drug by mixing chemicals with a high concentration of salt to create a stronger form of the chemical.
The salt can be dissolved in a solvent to form the drug, but this is not the same as baking it.
A pharmaceutical company is often the one to prepare the salt.
Once the drug has been prepared, it is packaged into capsules, tablets or tabletsets.
The capsules, pills or tabletset are then sent to a factory, where they are cut into smaller pieces, and then packaged in a bottle, usually labelled ‘bath’.
The drug is then sold in the same form as any other drug, and it can be purchased from pharmacies, drug stores or online.
What do doctors do if they suspect a patient is using bath salts to treat a mental health issue?
Doctors should report any suspected drug misuse to the National Drugs Information Service (NDIS), a service set up to help people find out if they are taking bath salts.
This information is not provided to NHS providers, so the NDIS will not be able to offer advice.
If the NDis is unable to identify any symptoms of an addiction to bath salts that may be related to the use, the person should be referred to a mental healthcare provider for assessment.
The NDIS has more information about how to report a potential overdose or overdose death.
How is the UK treating bath salts overdose deaths?
There have been three reported deaths involving bath salts overdoses, and three deaths involving overdose from other substances, such the stimulant methamphetamine.
The first death involved a man in his 20s, who died in hospital after taking bath salt tablets.
A second death involved another person in her 20s who died after taking a bath salt tablet.
The third death was a woman who died of a suspected overdose.
The deaths were reported by the UK’s coronavirus taskforce.
The coronaviruses responsible for the deaths have not been linked, but are thought to be related.
What can be done to stop bath salts abuse?
People can call 999 or their local NHS service for help if they