It's the dangerous new way teens are getting drunk -- and it's going viral. Now doctors say it could be deadly. It's called "smoking alcohol." You don't drink the booze, you inhale it. Sounds bizarre, but those vapors give you an instant high. Here's the problem: Doctors say it's incredibly dangerous and can be extremely addictive.
The active ingredient in the synthetic drug known as bath salts could be more addictive than methamphetamine, a new study in rats suggests. Scientists from the Scripps Research Institute allowed rats to self-administer either the bath salts compound MDPV or meth, by pressing a lever that delivered the substances intravenously, Forbes reports.
Smoke shops selling everything from colorful bongs and pipes to incense and earrings line an entire block in Manhattan's East Village, a neighborhood popular with teens and the college crowd, and a magnet for young people from all over. Because they look like pens or electronic cigarettes and are discreet, they're becoming more popular with teens.