Synthetic drugs often call bath salts made worldwide headlines in recent years due to bizarre and even horrific behavior of individuals reported to be under the influence of these chemicals. A study from scientists at The Scripps Research Institute set out to examine how addictive these substances are.
In addition to the name bath salts, these drugs have also been marketed as plant food and other products with labels saying they’re not for human consumption. Lawmakers in the UK and the US have banned the substances altogether. The drugs are derived from cathinone, which is a drug that was synthesized from an African plant leaf called khat.
The recent Scripps study involved giving lab rats doses of bath salts and doses of methamphetamine via intravenous injection after pushing on levers to self-administer it. If found that the rats would wind up pushing the levers ten times more on average to receive a single dose of bath salts compared to methamphetamine.
The findings are published in the August 2013 issue of the journal Neuropharmacology. These results point to potentially an ongoing severe risk of these class of drugs, as chemists seek to synthesize other forms of the drug, which is otherwise known as MDPV (3,4-methylenedioxypyrovalerone).
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