What are bath salts?
For starters, dangerous.
Allegedly, one man attempted to eat the face of another man while high on bath salts. Allegedly, one prison guard a series of crimes (battery, burglary, etc.) during a bath-salt-high induced crime spree.
Why would any continue to experiment with a drug that has such violent and unpredictable behaviors?
Barbara Correno, the spokeswoman for the DEA (the Drug Enforcement Agency), put it like this: “The big appeal at the time was that you could get high on something that wouldn’t turn up in a drug test. “These were more potent than the drugs they were replacing.”
Most likely based on news stories, fear, and not that great of a high, the occurrence of bath salt use has lowered, as evidenced by a reduced number of hospital visits and calls to the poison control hotline.
The drug itself is fully synthetic, or man-made, and the chemicals combined to make the compound contain at least one cathinone, an amphetamine-like stimulant found naturally in the Khat plant. Amphetamines, like Adderall, Ritalin, Dexedrine, Concerta, Provigil, caffeine, and other pharmaceuticals are used to stimulate the brain and body. Crystal meth and cocaine are also stimulant drugs. Bath salts are also chemically similar to Ecstasy, MDMA, or Molly, psychedelic drugs that release serotonin in the brain of the user.
Bath salts produce a euphoria, a feeling of increased energy, sex drive, and social ability, but can also create paranoia, hallucinations, delirium, agitation, psychotic behavior, violence, and death in its users. The effect is said to be 10 times that of cocaine, but at the risk of major physical, emotional, and psychological adverse effects.
The drug is generally sold in little clear baggies, often times marked with “Not intended for human use”, “plant food”, “jewelry cleaner”, or “phone screen cleaner” and is either brown or white in color, and branded as “Cloud Nine,” “Lunar Wave,”“Ivory Wave,” “Vanilla Sky,” “White Lightning,” “Scarface,” or “Bloom.”
Steer clear of these drugs and any other substance that resembles bath salts. No good can come from its use. If you have been intrigued by bath salts, or curious about trying them, take a few minutes to think about why. Get in touch with your emotions and get the root of what makes a dangerous drug appealing to you.
You can speak with a professional substance abuse counselor to find out more, and to implement tools to avoid harmful drug use.