Bath Salts, when referring to the drug, should not be confused with the water-soluble minerals used for bathing. The drug “Bath Salts” was given this name to avoid detection from authorities. Bath Salts 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. Bath Salts can be taken orally, snorted, inhaled or injected.
Bath Salts have been sold online and in drug paraphernalia stores. Bath Salts 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 of Bath Salts
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, Bath Salts have 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 affects on the human brain are not fully known but the chemicals found in Bath Salts are similar to amphetamines (methamphetamine) and MDMA (ecstasy).
Are Bath Salts Addictive?
As with any drug, Bath Salts can promote drug-seeking addictive behavior. While bath Salts are a relatively new drug and further research is needed, using drugs containing synthetic cathinone have a high risk of abuse and possible addiction. Dependence, tolerance and withdrawal symptoms are all possibilities with frequent use of Bath Salts.
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