Bath Salts, when referring to the drug, should not be confused with the water-soluble minerals used for bathing. The drug was given this name to avoid detection from authorities, which can cause dangerous health effects and several fatalities have been reported.
What are Bath Salts?
Bath Salts are a type of drug containing synthetic chemicals related to an amphetamine-like stimulant called cathinone. Cathinone is a amepthamine-like sitmulant found naturally in the Khat plant. Methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV), mephedrone and methylone are other chemicals often found in Bath Salts. This drug can be taken orally, snorted, inhaled or injected.
Bath Salts have been sold online and in drug paraphernalia stores, and are usually seen in a white or brown powder form and sold in either small plastic bags or foil packets. They are often labeled “not for human consumption” under different product and brand names. The drug is often sold under different product names such as: plant feeder, insect repellent, phone cleaner or jewelry cleaner. There are several brand names that the drug is sold under such as: Blue Silk, Cloud Nine, Ivory Wave, Lunar Wave, Meow Meow, Purple Wave, Scar Face, Snow Leopard, Vanilla Sky, White Dove and White Lightening.
Effects and Dangers
The synthetic cathinones found in Bath Salts can cause euphoria, but more commonly cause agitation, paranoia, confusion, increased heart rate, chest pain, hallucinations, violent behavior, psychotic behavior, suicidal ideation and in several cases death.
Along with short-term side effects, this drug has the potential to lead to more serious long-term side effects such as the breakdown of skeletal muscle tissue, kidney failure, and in some cases suicide and death. The effects on the human brain are not fully known but the chemicals found are similar to amphetamines (methamphetamine) and MDMA (ecstasy).
Are They Addictive?
As with any drug, Bath Salts can promote drug-seeking addictive behavior. While it is a relatively new drug and further research is needed, using drugs containing synthetic cathinone has a high risk of abuse and possible addiction. Dependence, tolerance, and withdrawal symptoms are all possibilities with frequent use of Bath Salts.
How Long Do Bath Salts Stay in Your System?
Due to the increase in 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.
Concerned About Yourself or a Loved One?
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