by Rachel on July 24, 2012
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President Obama signed the Synthetic Drug Abuse Prevention Act of 2012 placing synthetic compounds found in synthetic marijuana (spice, K-2), synthetic stimulants (bath salts) and hallucinogens under the Schedule I of Controlled Substances Act. When a drug is classified as Schedule I, it means that the drug has no medical use or purpose and should never be consumed. While under the influence of synthetic drugs people are committing ungodly acts and are in desperate need for help. Under this new Act, insurance companies may have to adjust policies to reflect whether or not to pay for bath salt and spice addicts to go to drug rehab.
Synthetic drug compounds, when ingested, cause devastating psychological and physical damage. Addicts intoxicated with bath salts and/or spice need medical attention and addiction treatment to eliminate use. The effects of some of these synthetic compounds are:
- Violent Behavior
- Suicidal Behavior
There have been many news reports of people who have been intoxicated with bath salts and spice appearing to have severe mental illnesses. Even though the effects of using synthetic drugs do not seem enticing, the desire to use these drugs is perpetuated because they are both cheap and have been readily available.
So far, it has been difficult for addicts to get proper treatment for spice or bath salt addiction and using health insurance has not been an option. With the passing of this law it is hopeful that insurance companies will pay for people who are addicted to synthetic drugs and are in need of addiction treatment.
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Source: Lakeview Health Systems