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'Bath Salts' Drug Trend: Expert Q&A

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Are Bath Salts Addictive?

"We don’t know if they are addictive. We have not had enough long-term experience with it," Horowitz says. However, he points out that many stimulant drugs do make people crave them.

The main problem is the toxic effects that these drugs have right away.

How Do People Take Bath Salts?

"They snort it, shoot it, mix it with food and drink," Horowitz says.

Where Do You See the 'Designer Drugs' Trend Going?

"Drug makers will keep creating new combinations at home and in illicit labs," Horowitz says.

"It’s almost impossible to keep up... Enforcement of the laws is difficult but it's getting better. But there's an ongoing battle between those trying to develop the technology to test for these chemicals and the street chemists who are trying to stay ahead of the law. Unfortunately, the law won't make this problem disappear. We're going to continue to see a lot of this type of thing. It will always be in the shadows."

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Reviewed on February 26, 2013

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