How familiar are you with the bath salts craze?

The number of bath salts related illnesses treated in the emergency room has skyrocketed from 300 in 2010 to more than 6000 in 2011.

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The data comes from the American Association of Poison Control Centers.

Many people have only recently heard of the synthetic drugs after the Causeway Cannibal attack.

The drug is traditionally made from a combination of of three drugs – Mephedrone, 3,4 methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) and Methylone.

Users of bath salts, which can be injected, snorted, inhaled or swallowed, oftentimes report sever paranoia, hallucinations, psychosis, violence and a lack of physical pain.

Temporary bans have been created to stop the sale of the products, but chemists are altering the chemical compounds to continue to sell the materials.

However, whenever any of the drugs in the mixture becomes outlawed in a state or by the federal government, producers simply replace said chemical with a similar one.

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