While cannabis is becoming more widely accepted as a safe and beneficial substance, the use of newer and more extreme psychoactive drugs has also grown more rampant. One of the primary obstacles for dealing with “bath salts” (aka “Flakka”) and other psychoactive substances is the inability to fully test and study them.
Currently, information on the use of bath salts is limited to data gathered from seizures and poisonings. Additionally, most people consuming these psychoactive drugs are unaware that they’re even under the influence. These substances has become a common ingredient cut into ecstasy and even “molly,” making it difficult to gauge how often they’re used.
But NYU researchers have developed a testing method to provide clarity to this surfacing epidemic. The group tested the method of “gate” questions, simply posing a yes or no question to the participant about whether or not they’ve taken a particular substance from a list of drugs. The technique is regularly used in health surveys on drug use, but these test typically don’t ask about hundreds of newly developed drugs.
The research team observed 1,048 individuals attending EDM…