Bath Salts: Recognizing Use and the Risks

By now most law enforcement officers should have heard about the latest designer drug trend – the use of bath salts. It has a drug that has been highlighted in the media due to the extreme adverse effects that users experience when they come down from the high and become physically aggressive, and experience decreased sensitivity to pain. This has caused some users to really act in strange and violent ways, and they pose a risk to the general public as well as to police officers on duty.

Officers need to do more than simply be aware that bath salts are a part of new drug trends, it is important that you understand some of the signs associated with their use, as well as the dangerous side effects.

Signs of Potential Violence Due to Bath Salts

  • Individuals that speak loudly
  • Individuals that are pacing or fidgeting, and who are generally unable to stand still
  • Individuals who avoid eye contact
  • Individuals that have clenched fists or a clenched jaw while showing tense body language

The likelihood of violence only increases in those who have been using bath salts in conjunction with another drug, or with alcohol.

Bad Side Effects Associated with Bath Salt Use

  • Anxiety
  • Paranoia
  • Agitation
  • Hallucinations
  • Tremors
  • Violent tendencies
  • Increased heart rate

These side effects make it even more important that you handle an individual who may be on bath salts with care as a situation can quickly escalate due to their altered state of perception and thinking.

Medical treatment may be necessary for an individual who is exhibiting any of these systems, as medications can reduce them and make the potential suspect easier to deal with in a safe manner.

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