A primer on bath salts management

A drug with many names, it's especially hazardous to EMS providers


Adverse reactions to the street drug class known collectively as bath salts pose unique problems for the EMS provider.

The violent behavior associated with its ingestion have been well publicized through viral, online videos. What may not be so obvious to the viewer is the amount of effort public safety providers must exert to control the patient and provide emergency treatment and transport.

While the original formula for bath salts contained methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) or mephedrone, newer mixtures contain a wide variety of unknown, and potentially unrecognized drugs. It's what makes bath salts so dangerous.

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