Bath salts, when referring to the drug, should not be confused with the Epsom salts or other bathing additives. Bath salts are a new drug that was given the name to avoid detection from authorities. The health risks associated with this drug are severe and fatalities have been reported. Drug testing is one method to determine if someone is using bath salts. That brings up a commonly asked question, how long do bath salts stay in your system?
Bath salts were originally sold in smoke shops, gas stations and over the Internet. They were labeled as “not for human consumption” to avoid legal consequences. Consumption and sale of bath salts is now illegal. Unfortunately people are still able to purchase the drug illegally. There are different routes of administration. The most common routes of administration are ingestion, snorting and injecting the drug.
As with any new drug, further research is needed to determine the long-term effects of the drug. One of the ingredients commonly found in bath salts is synthetic cathinone. Research has indicated that synthetic cathinone has a high potential for abuse and addiction. Users seek the euphoric effect produced by the drug but more commonly users experience negative side effects: agitation, paranoia, confusion, increased heart rate, chest pain, hallucinations, violent behavior, psychotic behavior, suicidal ideation and in several cases death. Bath salt abuse can lead to tolerance, dependence, addiction, withdrawal symptoms, psychotic episodes and death.
Due to the increase in bath salt usage, drug-testing laboratories are now offering specialized synthetic cathinone testing. Depending on the dosage consumed, these specialized urine drug tests are able to detect the synthetic cathinones found in bath salts between 48-72 hours after last use. If you are attempting to administer a drug test for someone you suspect has been using bath salts, it is important that you contact drug-testing laboratories that test for synthetic cathinones. A standard drug test will not be able to detect the drug.
Bath salts are a relatively new drug and most standard drug tests are not able to detect the various ingredients and synthetic cathinones found in the drug. People are often drawn to the drug, due to the difficulty to detect bath salts in standard drug tests. As further research is being conducted, more drug testing laboratories are beginning to offer specialized synthetic cathinone testing.
There are countless variations of bath salts, all containing different ingredients. While the ingredients vary, each bath salt product contains synthetic cathinones. Here are some of the most commonly found synthetic cathinones in bath salts:
Different drug tests are more effective with particular drugs. When determining which test is best, it is important to understand that additional factors that could influence the drug testing.
– User’s height and weight: the size of the user can determine how long the drug will be detectable in their system
– Amount of drug used: if higher doses of the drug are consumed it will remain in the user’s system longer.
– User’s metabolism speed: someone with a faster metabolism may have a shorter duration of time when the drug is detectable.
Drug testing should only be used to gather information about drug usage. Random drug testing will not cure addiction. Addiction is a disease and proper treatment is necessary for recovery. Bath salt abuse can lead to serious health risks and even death. There are effective and successful ways for a person suffering from addiction to enter a state of emotional and physical recovery. If you or someone you know needs help from addiction or you would like more information about recovery, do not hesitate to contact us at (888)357-7577.