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 »
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Our college survey covers everything from relationships, to booze, to sex and drugs. See how your answers stack up.
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Take this quiz to uncover all the secrets of the drug world, from cocaine\'s simple recipe to which drug is sometimes called the \"businessman\'s high.\"
Last Modified: 2011-01-18 | 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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Take our recreational drug survey and find out how your drug use stacks up against others.
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Learn the scary truth about how drugs control your mind and body.
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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 »
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Here\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s the real deal on drug use in America, from what percentage of people have tried cocaine to how long it takes for a high to kick in.
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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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Many professional athletes have turned to anabolic steroids to get fit fast. But relying on a steroid like creatine or even human growth hormones (HGH) can have serious health consequences that are anything but impressive.
Transcript: You may assume steroid abusers are stereotypica meatheads-but a new study shows that students on steroids...
You may assume steroid abusers are stereotypica meatheads-but a new study shows that students on steroids are actually amongst the most educated of drug users! Anabolic-androgenic steroids, or AAS, are manufactured compounds that resemble the body's natural hormone, testosterone. In its natural form, testosterone directs the body to produce or enhance male characteristics, like facial hair growth and increased muscle mass. Testosterone also regulates sexual function in both genders. Both male and female bodies make this hormone, although men produce larger amounts. When used legally, steroids are available to treat conditions related to deficiencies in the body's testosterone, such as delayed puberty. They can also be prescribed to treat body wasting in people with AIDS. But AAS are also available on the street, where they go by other names, like pumpers, gym candy, and Arnolds. Illegally, steroids are taken to encourage the body to create new muscle growth, as well as to prevent the breakdown of current muscle mass. Fewer than one percent of college students admit to having tried steroids without a prescription...but those who do use steroids are often body builders or non-athletes hoping to "look better." Unfortunately, abusing steroids can lead to a host of negative side effects. On the emotional side, the drugs can cause hostility, aggression, and impaired judgment. Physically, short-term abuse can lead to acne, premature hair loss, and-of course-increased muscle mass. And long term abuse leads to even more serious consequences, like damage to the reproductive organs, often manifesting as decreased testicle size in men, decreased breasts in women, and possible infertility in both sexes. Plus, steroid users have a significantly higher risk of developing high blood pressure, kidney cancer, and stroke-causing blood clots. There's obviously a reason that steroids are illegal without a doctor's prescription, so be like 99% of your peers and pass on them.More »
Last Modified: 2013-03-12 | Tags »
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Sex is a (delicious) piece of cake for most young adults so why are they taking Viagra and Cialis? Here, we'll look at how these pills are used illegally and also what it means to abuse the ED drugs.
Transcript: Although it is typically prescribed for older men with erectile dysfunction, Viagra is still readily...
Although it is typically prescribed for older men with erectile dysfunction, Viagra is still readily available on most college campuses. Viagra, Levitra, and Cialis are all prescription medications used to treat erectile dysfunction. In addition to its intended medical use, these drugs are often taken recreationally to prolong or improve a sexual experience. Viagra is also frequently used in conjunction with other party drugs, like cocaine and ecstasy, often to counteract their undesirable sexual side effects. Viagra is usually consumed orally. and works by blocking an enzyme in the body called PDE-5. When that happens, blood flow increases to the areas where PDE-5 is most concentrated-namely the penis. This makes it possible for a man to get and maintain a stronger erection, often for long periods of time. For men, arousal almost always leads to desire. So by improving a man's ability to have erections, Viagra measurably affects his sexual function.Some men without erectile dysfunction report that sex on Viagra is a better sexual experience, though most college-aged men don't need help getting or maintaining an erection. Taking Viagra recreationally has its risks. If combined with amyl nitrate, or "poppers", Viagra can severely harm, or even kill, the user. Because Viagra and Poppers both dilate blood vessels, a life-threatening heart attack or stroke can result if both are taken simultaneously. In fact, this risk is present when any ED drug is taken at the same time as a nitrate. Bottom line? Viagra is a prescription drug and should only be taken when prescribed by your doctor.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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