It’s bad enough that kids are using bath salts and incense to get high.    They get around using marijuana, by using products that act as synthetic marijuana.    As strange as it sounds, death may not be the scariest possibilty for teens using these products.   But throw in the fact that they might get the flesh eating bacteria, and that may scare them a lot more.  

It doesn’t make much sense, but the imagery is effective.  

Think about the meth campaign that surfaced recently.

Ugliness and disfiguration somehow sound the alarm in most teens’ heads, even louder than the alarm that something could kill them.     Parents should take notice of the signs.   If somehow their child develops a staff infection on the skin, the may have a good indicator as to where it came from.      

GMA’s Health Day did a story on the link.  You can see it here:

This is what they found:

So-called bath salts are sold as synthetic powders that “often contain various amphetamine-like chemicals,” according to the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse, which in February warned that injections might cause the ravaging skin condition.

Study authors Dr. Russell R. Russo, a third-year orthopedic surgery resident at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center New Orleans School of Medicine, and colleagues, saw the effects firsthand.

They treated a 34-year-old woman who developed forearm pain and redness after she attended a party. She didn’t have any other symptoms but did have a small red puncture wound on her arm. The woman eventually admitted that she injected bath salts two days before her symptoms began.

Most kids are not injecting the salts, but smoking them.   But it shows how the chemicals can go to work in a negative way when ingested.

It’s another thing that parents and children need to know and talk about.    Many kids will experiment with drugs, but if parents can educate their kids on the severe risks of these products, they might stop them from every trying them.