Scripps Institute Finds Designer Drug, Bath Salts Are More Potent, Addictive Than Meth
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Aired 7/16/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.
Dr. Michael Taffe, is a psychologist and an associate professor with the Scripps Research Institute, Committee On The Neurobiology Of Addictive Disorders
Dr. Tobin Dickerson, Associate Professor Department of Chemistry at the Scripps Research Institute
Last year almost 100 sailors were kicked out of the navy in San Diego for using a new recreational drug known as bath salts.
This year the Navy produced dramatic public service announcement to warn sailors of the dangers of the drug.
They weren't the only ones experimenting with the drug. Emergency rooms experienced a spike in people coming in with life threatening symptoms as a result of taking the synthetic compound.
Bath salts are a designer drug, developed in the lab. And now scientists at the Scripps Research Institute in San Diego have had a chance to analyze the compound. They've made some interesting discoveries -- among them: bath salts are more potent and addictive than meth.