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They warn of the use of a psychoactive bath salt that causes havoc in Florida

This content was published on August 12, 2022 – 22:45

Miami, Aug 12 (EFE) .- A rehabilitation center for addicts in Florida (USA) warned this Friday of the growing consumption of a synthetic drug, euthylone, which has caused 182 deaths between January and July 2021 alone in the state, in the lead in the United States in drug-related overdose deaths.

The Footprints Beachside Recovery Center, located in Tampa Bay (on the west coast of Florida), warned in a statement of “the growing prevalence” of euthylone, “a psychoactive bath salt” that can be lethal.

According to a report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), overdose deaths related to this synthetic drug in Florida represent more than 53% of the nation’s total.

This rehabilitation center indicates in its statement that although from January to June 2017 euthylone was detected in less than 10 cases in the US, during that same period of time in 2021, 8,379 cases related to this drug were recorded.

Because of euthylone’s similar effects to cocaine, methamphetamine, and methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), John Templeton, founder of Footprints Beachside Recovery Center on Treasure Island, warned users of the latter to “not only take extra precautions, but seek help to avoid these drugs altogether and avoid making a fatal mistake.

“In many of these cases, people thought they were buying one drug, but they were getting another,” Templeton said.

And he warned that “all it takes is one bad batch and your life is over.”

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“Unless you know exactly where these drugs come from, you’re gambling with your own life every time you snort, ingest or inject something,” he warned drug users.

According to the CDC report, 77% of euthylone-related deaths “involved illicitly manufactured fentanyls, cocaine, or methamphetamine.”

And while 12% of reported overdose deaths indicated negative MDMA toxicology findings, evidence of pre-overdose use or a history of MDMA use was found among the victims.

“We need to be more aware of the threat of these dangerous synthetic drugs and do our part to help our loved ones struggling with addiction,” Templeton said.

In a five-year span, 1.2 million years of life have been lost in the US due to unintentional drug overdose by victims ages 10 to 24, according to a May report published in the journal Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), apostilled.

Founded in 2008, the Pinellas County Footprints Beachside Recovery Center is a “private, holistic substance abuse treatment clinic for adults.” EFE

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