SAMHSA: More than 20,000 drug-related ED visits involved use of bath salts

Of the 2.5 million drug-related emergency department visits in the U.S. in 2011, almost 23,000 were attributed to abuse of so-called bath salts, according to a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration report. Since these synthetic drugs are primarily abused by young individuals, clinicians "need to be attuned to the potential for misuse of these substance by younger people," SAMHSA chief medical officer Dr. Elinore F. McCance-Katz said.

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