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Bath Salts

What are Bath Salts?

Bath salts have been in the news quite a bit lately, and ironically not for reasons having to do with your basin. Apparently, bath salts are the newest method of reaching an altered state of mind. In most states, these man-made substances are sold legally under names such as zoom, Mr. Nice Guy, Ivory Wave, bubbles, white dove, white lightning, cloud 9, blue magic, blue silk, route 69, Scarface, snow leopard and mystic to name a few.

However, make no mistake bath salts are incredibly hallucinogenic and were never intended to be used for bathing. In fact, the name is simply camouflage to maneuver around drug laws. Let’s be clear, these bath salts are powerful, harmful stimulants, containing large traces of amphetamine-like substances such as mephedrone and pyrovalerone. They are white in color, with a crystalline or powder texture, and generally have distinct scents similar to bleach, urine, fish, chlorine and electric circuit boards, among others. Typically, bath salts are snorted, injected and inhaled.

Snorting is the most dangerous method of using bath salts as this particular method has been linked to committing serious bodily injury and even murder upon another. These synthetic substances are often referred to as the “cocaine alternates” because they act the same as stimulants act in the brain. As a result, they are thought to be highly addictive.

Chronic use therefore impairs control over how often one would use, despite social and physical consequences, with the hallmark symptoms being denial and preoccupation with using the substance. Bath salts have also been linked delusions, chest pains, heightened paranoia, accelerated heartbeat, and increased agitation, not to mention a plethora of emergency room and hospital visits.

As a result of the emerging threat that bath salts pose several states including Michigan, New York and Kentucky have enacted or proposed the enactment of legislation to make the use and sale of bath salts illegal.

Delaware Man Accused of Drugging a Child With Bath Salts and Rape

on Monday, 30 April 2012.

Bath Salts

A Delaware man was indicted for drugging and raping a child. The police report states that he gave the child bath salts on several occasions, with the intention of having sexual contact with this child.

Bath Salt Basics

Written by Eliza Player on Friday, 20 April 2012.

Bath Salts Addiction

West Virginia police team up with Wesleyan College students to spread awareness about bath salts, in hopes to inform the public about what this drug is, as well as its dangers.

Man on Bath Salts Killed By Police

Written by Eliza Player on Wednesday, 04 April 2012.

Man on Bath Salts Killed By Police
Authorities have identified the man who was shot and killed by police this weekend, after firing a weapon at law enforcement.

Bath Salt Explosion, Doctors Unsure of Long-Term Effects

on Wednesday, 04 April 2012.

Bath Salt Explosion, Doctors Unsure of Long-Term Effects
Police in Tennessee have received numerous calls for people under the influence of bath salts.

What Are These “Bath Salts” I Have Been Hearing So Much About?

on Wednesday, 04 April 2012.

What Are These “Bath Salts” I Have Been Hearing So Much About?
Bizarre and horrifying stories of “bath salts” have been smattered across the newswire lately.
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