Teens and Adults Respond Differently to Dangerous “Bath Salts?”
(Ivanhoe Newswire) —The latest drug craze amongst teens is the use of "bath salts." Poison control centers received over 2,000 calls last year for patients with delusions, hallucinations and paranoia following "bath salt" use. Federal legislation recently added MDPV, a common constituent in "bath salts," to the list of Schedule 1 drugs – a list that includes cocaine, methamphetamine, ecstasy and other stimulants similar to MDPV.
Researchers examined how adolescent and adult rats differ in their response to the aversive effects of MDPV "bath salts." They found that adolescents are less sensitive to the aversive effects of MDPV than there adult counterpart. The adolescent rats find drugs less aversive than the adults, possibly indicating an increased vulnerability to use and abuse.
SOURCE: Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Journal, April 2013