The name "bath salts" sounds innocent, but these are powerful and dangerous stimulant
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How It's Used:
Bath salts are sold as a white or off-white powder, mostly in small plastic or
foil packages. The drugs are usually snorted (sniffed up a nostril). They also
can be swallowed, smoked, or mixed with a liquid and injected with a syringe.
What It Does:
Bath salts contain manmade chemicals that increase
brain and central nervous system activity in much the same way as drugs like amphetamines or MDMA (ecstasy).
Bath salts can cause users to have an out-of-body
experience, elated mood, or feel delirious. These effects can last up to 3–4
Users can also develop what is called "excited delirium." When this happens,
people get dehydrated, their muscle
tissue breaks down, and they can go into kidney failure and die.
Long-term abuse of bath salts may cause people to have hallucinations, hear
voices, feel paranoid, and develop a psychosis that resembles schizophrenia.
People who use bath salts easily can get addicted to
them. They may feel driven to do whatever they can to keep getting high, including
Bath salts can cause heart problems and seizures. Taking too much of the drug at
one time can lead to an overdose. All these things can be deadly, even if someone
only tries the drug once.
Bath salts have caused a number of deaths and been blamed for a handful of suicides
Two of the chemicals in bath salts (mephedrone and MDPV) are Schedule I class drugs.
That means they have a high potential for abuse and no accepted medical use.
People who are caught with bath salts can face fines and jail time.