The Dangers of Bath Salts
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Bath salts claim to be no more than scented Epsom salts, but that’s not at all what it is. See what this designer stimulant is actually composed of and how dangerous the associated high can be.
Transcript: In 2011, bath salts -- no, not the kind you put in your tub -- triggered more than 6,000 calls to poison...
In 2011, bath salts -- no, not the kind you put in your tub -- triggered more than 6,000 calls to poison control centers-up from 300 a year earlier. While this drug IS marketed under benign-sounding names like Ivory Wave and Bolivian Bath-- and claims to be no more than scented Epsom salts-- that's not at all what it is. Bath salts are designer stimulants made from mephedrone, MDPV- or methylene-dioxy-pyro-valerone, methylone, and other synthesized compounds, and each batch can vary widely from the last. The Federal Drug Enforcement Administration has made possession of those chemicals illegal, but quickly cooked up alternative compounds often slide through legal loopholes, enabling the sale of bath salts in smoke shops and online. To get around that, several states have laws banning the sale of anything called bath salts-whatever the ingredients. While some people choose to smoke it with tobacco or marijuana, bath salts' high is most intense, and dangerous, when snorted. It triggers increased heart rate, agitation and paranoia. It also causes chest pains, super strength, sexual aggression, hallucinations, delusions and thoughts of suicide. There have been numerous reports of assault and rape tied to bath salt use. While researchers are unclear as to the long-term effects of bath salts, they warn suicidal thoughts can persist for days after getting high. And they believe the mixtures can be very addictive since they are stimulants similar to amphetamine. For more information on the latest and most dangerous high, check out other videos on this site.More »
Last Modified: 2012-12-14 | Tags »
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Ecstasy appeals to many with its name alone. But is 'exstasy' a harmless happy drug, or is it part of the illegal drugs category for a reason? Here, a no judgements look at E.
Transcript: Twenty percent of college students have popped a tablet of E. So what's up with ecstasy? Ecstasy, which...
Twenty percent of college students have popped a tablet of E. So what's up with ecstasy? Ecstasy, which moonlights as X and E, is a man-made drug that acts as a stimulant and a hallucinogen. Colorful ecstasy tablets can be snorted or swallowed. Often, they are laced with other illegal drugs. When you pop a tablet of X, you'll feel euphoric, energized, and sexually aroused. That's because your brain produces a cocktail of "happy" neurotransmitters in response to the drug. You may garner great pleasure from touching things, and feel extreme empathy with others. But ecstasy constricts blood vessels, so you may overheat or become dehydrated while using it. Other physical side effects include stomach cramps and blurred vision. You may also experience paranoia or confusion. As you come down from a high, you'll likely feel lethargic and depressed. Excessive use may damage brain cells, resulting in long-term problems concentrating or remembering. Ecstasy is illegal, but now you know the real deal with E, so you can understand what it does to your body.More »
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If you're talking crack cocaine, you're talking the language of some serious street drugs. So how is cocaine different than crack and what else do you need to know about it? Watch this.
Transcript: Crack cocaine offers one of the quickest highs around, which is why it's so popular-so what's up with...
Crack cocaine offers one of the quickest highs around, which is why it's so popular-so what's up with crack? Crack is a highly addictive and powerful stimulant that is usually smoked. The drug is derived from cocaine, and thus the coca plant. Crack is made by dissolving cocaine in a mixture of water and baking soda. The mixture is boiled until a solid forms. The solid is then broken into chunks of crack. After smoking crack, you'll experience a very quick high, resulting in euphoria. You may feel more alert and more sensitive to your senses of touch, sight, and sound. Your heart rate will speed up dramatically and your body temperature will rise. Crack cocaine effects wear off almost as quickly as they start, leaving you extremely depressed within 15 minutes. Because crack causes a rush of the addictive, "happy" neurotransmitter dopamine, users immediately want more when the effects wear off-this is why crack is so addictive. Long term crack use is associated with respiratory and severe cardiovascular problems. Crack is illegal, and now you know the real deal with the drug.More »
Last Modified: 2013-09-20 | Tags »
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Whether you're a grizzled veteran of the Mary Jane circuit, or you're a complete stranger to marijuana, you probably wouldn't mind knowing more about smoking weed. Can pot hurt you in the long term? Just how illegal is growing cannabis? Are
Transcript: Marijuana is the most commonly used illegal drug in America, with 97.8 million people over twelve saying...
Marijuana is the most commonly used illegal drug in America, with 97.8 million people over twelve saying they've tried it! Marijuana is also known as weed, pot, dope, herb...you get the idea! The drug, which acts as a mild hallucinogen, is actually the bud and leaves of the cannabis plant. Weed is usually smoked, but it can also be mixed in foods or brewed as tea. When you smoke marijuana, you'll feel mellow, relaxed, and generally happy. You may feel very hungry, a phenomenon known as the "munchies." But as your high continues, you might experience paranoia or confusion. You'll notice an increased heart rate and a loss of coordination. Excessive marijuana use can cause the same problems as tobacco smoking, such as bronchitis and emphysema. Despite its illegal status, marijuana is approved for controlled medicinal uses in several of the U.S. states. Marijuana has been illegal since 1937, and now you know the real deal with pot.More »
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After seeing Trainspotting and the effects of a heroin addiction, you may have sworn to avoid drugs forever. Or you may have been curious about heroine and opium. Either way, this video will tell you everything you need to know about heroin and
Transcript: Smack, H, junk...whatever you call it, heroin is addicting! Heroin is an opiate drug which is semi-synthetic....
Smack, H, junk...whatever you call it, heroin is addicting! Heroin is an opiate drug which is semi-synthetic. That means it's part man-made-derived from the drug morphine-and part natural-morphine comes from the poppy flower. Heroin is a powder that can be "cooked" into a liquid and delivered via injection. It can also be sniffed or smoked. It takes ten seconds to feel the impact of injected heroine, while other methods take minutes. After taking heroin, you'll feel a rush of well-being, followed by a blissful, euphoric state. Because it's derived from morphine, heroin also provides pain relief and slowed breathing. The intense ecstasy of heroin lasts a few hours, and when it wears off, cravings often occur. Long-term heroin users often suffer from weakened immune systems and malnourishment. Even death can result. Because the drug is injected intravenously, heroin users have an increased risk of contracting HIV and hepatitis. Remember: Heroin is very addicting and is illegal.More »
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You may know GHB as one of the drugs, like rohypnol, that's used in date rape. Or you may have heard that the GHB drug really stands for grevious bodily harm. Regardless of what you've heard however, we've got the facts on this substance.
Transcript: There's a lot of hype about GHB, so what's the deal with this drug anyway? Gama hydroxybutyric acid goes...
There's a lot of hype about GHB, so what's the deal with this drug anyway? Gama hydroxybutyric acid goes by its share of aliases, like GHB, Liquid X, and Grievous Bodily Harm. GHB is a man-made depressant which is only legal to treat the sleep disorder narcolepsy. When taken as a street drug, the clear, odorless liquid is often mixed in drinks. It can also be snorted as a powder. GHB's effects are relatively short-lived, and usually peter out within several hours. When you take GHB, you may feel euphoric and very relaxed. GHB's physical affects vary, but often include nausea, dizziness, and drowsiness. With higher doses, the drug's effects can quickly become more serious, with results including seizures, respiratory distress, and even coma. GHB is a popular "date rape drug," as the colorless liquid can be easily mixed with alcoholic drinks. With the exception of its controlled use in narcoleptic patients, Gama hydroxybutyric acid is illegal in the United States.More »
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Mention ketamine and you may get blank stares. But if you say that you're going to do 'Special-K,' everyone knows what you mean. In this video, we'll check out the drug facts surrounding this recreationally used horse tranquilizer and comp
Transcript: If you've ever been to a rave, you've likely been offered Special K-but we're not talking about cereal...
If you've ever been to a rave, you've likely been offered Special K-but we're not talking about cereal here! Ketamine hydrochloride is a man-made anesthetic that moonlights under names like Special K, Kid-Rock, and K. Ketamine is available legally as an animal tranquilizer. When taken as a street drug, Special K can be snorted, swallowed, or injected. After doing K, you will likely feel as if you've had several cocktails. You may even feel like you're walking on marshmallows. Depending on how much you do, you may fall into what's known as a K-hole, where you'll feel detached from your body and be physically incapacitated. Many Special-K users experience nausea and cold sweats, particularly when the drug is taken at high doses. Because of its anesthetic properties, people on K may get hurt without realizing it. Recently, ketamine has been reported on the street as a "date-rape" drug. Large doses of K can induce unconsciousness and even cardiovascular failure. Although ketamine hydrochloride is available for medicinal purposes, it is illegal for recreational use.More »
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Crystal meth promises its users extreme euphoria, but you may wonder: Will doing methamphetamine turn you into a meth addict?
Transcript: About 6 percent of Americans have used methamphetamine recreationally. What's the real deal with meth?...
About 6 percent of Americans have used methamphetamine recreationally. What's the real deal with meth? Methamphetamine, also known as meth or ice, is a man-made central nervous system stimulant. The drug is available by prescription for treating ADD, extreme obesity, and the sleep disorder, narcolepsy. Meth can be distributed illegally in a number of preparations, and can be injected, snorted, smoked, or swallowed. Immediately after taking meth, you'll feel extreme euphoria and a heightened libido. You'll experience a seemingly boundless burst of energy accompanied by a severe decrease in the need to eat or sleep. Many users report a fascination with repetitive tasks, and some mention feeling as if bugs are crawling on their skin. The long term effects associated with meth use include rapid tooth decay, or "meth mouth," brain damage, long-term paranoia, and psychosis. Remember that methamphetamine is illegal in the United States when not prescribed.More »
Last Modified: 2013-05-30 | Tags »
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Whether you know it by its RX name (oxycodone), or its street one (oxycotton), this drug is abused even more than codeine! Here, we'll look at the varieties of the narcotic, from Perocent to Oxycontin, and examine how the prescription drug works.
Transcript: Oxycodone is a prescription drug, but you don't need a doctor's note to get it --or abuse it -- on most...
Oxycodone is a prescription drug, but you don't need a doctor's note to get it --or abuse it -- on most college campuses. You may know oxycodone by one of its street names, which include "oxy," "oxycotton" and "hillbilly heroin". When taken as prescribed, oxycodone is a powerful pain reliever similar to morphine. When taken, Oxycodone creates a euphoric feeling and is very effective in mitigating pain. Oxycodone is the primary ingredient in prescription painkillers like Percodan, where it is combined with aspirin, and Percocet, where it is combined with acetaminophen. It is also available in an extended-release formula known as Oxycontin. No matter which formulation is taken is used, it is usually swallowed whole or crushed and snorted. Once taken, oxycodone travels to the brain's central nervous system, where it binds to opioid receptors in the pleasure centers of the brain, producing an intense euphoria. Depending on the quantity of Oxycodone consumed, the euphoria and pain relief can last from five to eight hours. Oxycodone is highly addictive, and tolerance to the drug's effects can build up over a relatively small number of uses. An oxycodone overdose can lead to loss of consciousness, seizures, coma, or even death. While oxycodone may seem to offer a pleasurable escape, remember that there can be severe consequences, and know that using oxycodone without a prescription is illegal.More »
Last Modified: 2013-06-27 | Tags »
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Hydrocodone, or Vicodin, is a commonly abused and incredibly addicting pain relief medication. Here, we'll examine how this prescription drug works, the consequences of abuse, and how it compares to other drugs, like Tramadol.
Transcript: Eminem and Courtney Love both got hooked out on hydrocodone - and it's almost as easy to get on a college...
Eminem and Courtney Love both got hooked out on hydrocodone - and it's almost as easy to get on a college campus as it is in Hollywood. Hydrocodone is a drug which is similar to morphine, and is legally prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain as well as dry, hacking coughing associated with bronchitis or sinusitis. Recreationally, the drug is taken because it causes euphoria, sedation and numbing mental effects. Hydrocodone is most commonly combined with acetaminophen to form the prescription drug Vicodin, but it is also available mixed with ibuprofen as Vicoprofen, and combined with aspirin as Lortab ASA. Recreational users of hydrocodone usually swallow pills whole or crush them and snort the powder.Once ingested, hydrocodone travels to the brain's central nervous system, where it binds to opioid receptors in the pleasure centers of the brain, producing an euphoria and sedation, which is part of the reason why it is so addicting. In fact, with daily use, most people will become addicted to hydrocodone within one week, experiencing physical withdrawal symptoms without the drug. Unfortunately, hydrocodone overdoses are common, and can lead to slowed breathing, unconsciousness, and even death. Over time, constant abuse of this drug may also result in potentially life-threatening liver failure. Although there are over 200 drugs which include hydrocodone that can be legally prescribed in the U.S., they are still illegal and unsafe for use without a prescription. Be mindful of the risks aif you choose to take hydrocodone recreationally.More »
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Wound up? Then you may seek a sedative to calm down. Whether prescribed by a doctor or purchased on the street, sedatives and barbituates can make you feel intoxicated and sleepy. Here, the real deal on mellow-inducing drugs, from Valium to Xanax.
Transcript: "Wanna be sedated?" A prescription drug in the benzodiazepine family is how many college students achieve...
"Wanna be sedated?" A prescription drug in the benzodiazepine family is how many college students achieve this particular goal. Benzodiazepines are depressants, a group of drugs which relieve anxiety and can induce sleep. Two of the most well known drugs in this group are Xanax,or alprazalam and Valium, or diazapem. You may also have heard these drugs referred to as downers, benzos, or tanks. These drugs can be legally prescribed, and are usually taken to combat insomnia, to promote relaxation, or to ease anxiety. These drugs are taken recreationally for similar reasons. Users also take benzodiazepines to come down from the high of a stimulant, like cocaine. Benzodiazepines are available in short-acting versions designed for use at night, like temazapem, also called Restoril, and in long-acting versions for day, like Xanax or Valium. The drug Rohypnol, which is sometimes referred to as a "roofie," is a powerful member of the benzodiazepine family. Although Rohypnal is not even legal for prescription use in the U.S., roofies can be acquired illegally, and are often used as a date rape drug. After they are consumed, these drugs act on the central nervous system, increasing production of the neurotransmitter GABA, which leads to slowed brain function. Most benzodiazepines act quickly on your system, and while the effects of some will last for just an hour or two, others can have an impact that lasts considerably longer. This class of drugs can be addictive over time, and an overdose can lead to confusion, sleepiness, or even a coma. People who use benzodiazepines over long periods of time can experience amnesia, hostility, and disturbing dreams. For these reasons, all benzodiazepines require a doctor's prescription for use, and should be taken cautiously without a physician's supervision.More »
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When appropriately prescribed by a doctor, stimulants are sure to get you wound up and wired. But abusing a stimulant is never a good idea! Learn about uppers, from amphetamine to methamphetamine, and see how speed really effects the body.
Transcript: You're probably not familiar with the medication known as methylphenidate, but you almost certainly know...
You're probably not familiar with the medication known as methylphenidate, but you almost certainly know what Ritalin is. Methylphenidate is the generic name for the prescription drug Ritalin, which is known on the street as Vitamin R, Rids, and R-ball. Ritalin is prescribed legally for the treatment of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, as well as for the sleeping disorder narcolepsy. When used without a prescription, Ritalin is taken to stimulate the body, and has effects that are quite similar to cocaine in many ways. Ritalin is very popular on college campuses due to its appetite suppressing, fatigue fighting, and concentration enhancing effects. Ritalin is usually taken recreationally by crushing the drug and snorting the power. Once in the body, Ritalin acts to arouse the brain stem and cortex. The drug also stimulates the release of the feel-good hormone dopamine. Abuse of Ritalin may lead to physical addiction for this reason. A dose of Ritalin lasts three to four hours, while an extended-release tablet will work for up to eight. If you take too much Ritalin, you may experience a rapid heartbeat, blurred vision, and in more serious cases, fainting, or even a seizure. Over time, the insoluble fibers in Ritalin tablets may block small blood vessels, which can lead to potential cardiovascular complications and lung damage. Ritalin is illegal without a prescription, so one should be very careful if using it recreationally.More »
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