The term bath salts refers to a variety of water-soluble products that can be added to a bath. The manufacturers of these products claim that bath salts can improve cleaning of the body, serve as a vehicle for cosmetic agents and impart a nice fragrance on the skin; some even claim that these products have health benefits. However, bath salts are the latest synthetic designer drugs — and they are also dangerous. Unlike the long-established aesthetic bath salts, which are added to warm water in the tub, the designer synthetic bath salts have no genuine use and are only intended for abuse. The synthetic bath salts are often found to contain CNS stimulants, of which the two most well-known are methylenedioxypyrovalerone, or MDPV, and 4-methylmethcathinone, or mephedrone. These synthetic chemicals have never been approved for human consumption and are not approved by the FDA for any medical disorder.
The goal of this continuing education course is to provide pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, physicians, EMTs and paramedics, health educators and laboratory professionals with accurate, up-to-date information about the abuse of bath salts, the chemicals found in them and the clinical signs and treatment of toxicity. After studying the material presented here, you will be able to:
- Review the legal status of bath salts usage in the U.S.
- Discuss the types of chemicals found in bath salts and their pharmacology
- Describe the management of bath salts overdose in the ED
This course is intended for multiple professions, including pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, physicians, EMTs and paramedics, health educators and laboratory professionals.
Pharmacy technicians: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
OnCourse Learning is accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
OnCourse Learning is also approved by the Florida Board of Pharmacy (provider # FBN 50-1489).
Type of Activity: Knowledge
Initial Release Date: 04/30/2014; Planned Expiration Date: 04/30/2017
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Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.
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