To researchers’ relief, a very small portion of students — 1 percent or less — reported using “bath salts,” i.e., cheap powders that are sold online or in “head shops” that can act as powerful stimulants if ingested.
Poison-control centers and hospitals have had to deal with hundreds of emergencies relating to these drugs, which are being banned in places due to their toxicity and side effects.
There’s been a lot of media coverage about the problems with bath salts, and “maybe a lot of kids have gotten the message,” said Lloyd Johnston, the MTF survey’s longtime principal investigator.
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Cheryl Wetzstein covers family and social issues as a national reporter for The Washington Times. She has been a reporter for three decades, working in New York City and Washington, D.C. Since joining The Washington Times in 1985, she has been a features writer, environmental and consumer affairs reporter, and assistant business editor. Beginning in 1994, Mrs. Wetzstein worked exclusively ...
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