Comments for: Injected bath salts linked to dangerous bacterial infections in Maine

Posted Dec. 10, 2012, at 4 p.m.

Maine health officials are investigating a cluster of serious bacterial illnesses among users of synthetic bath salts. Four patients with a history of injecting the drug were sickened by the Group A streptococcal bacterium over the last several weeks, according to a health alert issued by the Maine Center for …

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  • Anonymous

    And yet one more benefit of using bath salts…..when will they learn? Cheap high that the effects may last a lifetime.

  • Darwin just trying to get his say in.

  • Guest

    The needle and the damage done….

  • Anonymous

    “Fortunately, they all survived,”
    Or is it unfortunate.
    If they started dying off, maybe their “friends” might think twice before following in their footsteps.
    Second though, these idiots are making a choice to harm them selves, the strep they are getting is contagious to the rest of the public too.

    • Alykins

      Strep is one of those bacterias that is almost always around. I used to get a throat infection every year.
      And yeah, it is fortunate that we don’t have loads of people dying off from drugs. Ever hear of Krokodil? I can’t see how addictive drugs that kill people could ever be a good thing.

      • Anonymous

        As you see we are looking thru different glasses. No risk of addiction if your dead. The strep these jerks are contracting isn’t the same as the strep and staf that is on most surfaces.
        I can see both sides of the argument. My opinion is right as yours.

        • Alykins

          We can agree to disagree about the opinion, but “the strep these jerks are contracting isn’t the same…” I have to refute. It is indeed the same bacteria.

          Four patients…were sickened…Group A streptococcal bacterium over the last several weeks…the common germ is responsible for strep throat and skin problems in its milder form but can also lead to life-threatening infections including the much-feared flesh-eating bacteria.
          From the article

          S. pyogenes, also known as Group A Streptococcus (GAS), is the causative agent in a wide range of Group A streptococcal infections. These infections
          may be non-invasive or invasive. The non-invasive infections tend to be
          more common and less severe. The most common of these infections
          include streptococcal pharyngitis (strep throat) and impetigo.[6] Scarlet fever is also a non-invasive infection, but has not been as common in recent years.

          The invasive infections cause by Group A β-hemolytic streptococcus tend to be more severe and less common. This occurs when the bacterium is able to infect areas where it is not usually found, such as the blood and the organs.[7] The diseases that may be caused as a result of this include streptococcal toxic shock syndrome (STSS), necrotizing fasciitis (NF), pneumonia, and bacteremia.[6]
          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Streptococcus

          • Anonymous

            You are way beyond common sense. I don’t read comments that drag on as the one you replied. The only thing we agree on is disagreeing. I’m ok with that. That is what make life so exciting. Thank you for scientifically explaining your opinion to me. However, that is 10 mins you will never get back. Carry on.

          • Alykins

            LOL seriously? OK then, apparently cited information is too much for you. And it isn’t my scientific opinion, it’s actually fact about strep bacteria. The point is, the strep these jerks are contracting IS the exact same strep on most surfaces. Have a nice day.

  • Anonymous

    Was it really necessary to let people know its probably not the bath salts they are contracting it from.

    • Davida Willette

      they have the right to know

      • Anonymous

        yes they have the right to know that it’s not the actual bathsalts they get the infection from.Lets them know that they are “safe”to inject that poison.

  • Anonymous

    “Here’s your sign”

  • Anonymous

    Anyone who uses bath salts is looking for a quick way out anyway, in my opinion. The stuff is pure poison.

    • Yeah…not a good recreational, social drug at all. “Oh, most people get violent and delusional when they take it? Sure, let’s do it!?”

      • Anonymous

        The sad part is, most people don’t have bad trips from this crap. Do you think it is newsworthy to report, people doing bath salts and they’re not bothering anyone. It’s only the odd balls you hear about.

        • I’m sure the experiences vary – though the potential volatility and unpredictability still obviously make it a poor choice of recreation. (not to suggest other vices are great choices – relatively speaking)

  • Anonymous

    Rotting from the inside out…….yuck.

  • Alykins

    Not as bad as Krokodil, but still really disgusting to think that you could be injecting yourself with flesh-eating bacteria.

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