Bath Salts

Know the facts about bath salts and connect with help and support to keep your child safe.

What are some slang terms?
Bath Salts are sold under a number of different “brand” names, and as different products, such as plant feeder or insect repellent. Brand names include: Bliss, Blue Silk, Cloud Nine, Drone, Energy-1, Ivory Wave, Lunar Wave, Meow Meow, Ocean Burst, Pure Ivory, Purple Wave, Red Dove, Snow Leopard, Stardust, Vanilla Sky, White Dove, White Knight and White Lightning.

What is it?
Bath Salts are substituted cathinones, which are synthetic, concentrated versions of the stimulant chemical in Khat. Methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV), mephedrone and methylone are the chemicals most often found in Bath Salts. Synthetic cathinone products marketed as “Bath Salts” should not be confused with products that people use during bathing. These bathing products do not contain mind-altering ingredients.

What does it look like?
Bath Salt products are sold in powder form in small plastic or foil packages of 200 and 500 milligrams under various brand names. Mephedrone is a fine white, off-white or slightly yellow-colored powder. It can also be found in tablet and capsule form. MDPV is a fine white or off-white powder.

How is it used?
Bath Salts are usually ingested by sniffing/snorting. They can also be taken orally, smoked, or put into a solution and injected into veins.

What do young people hear about it?
People who have used Bath Salts have reported energizing and often agitating effects.

What are the risks?
Short-term effects include very severe paranoia that can sometimes cause people to harm themselves or others. Effects reported to Poison Control Centers include suicidal thoughts, agitation, combative/violent behavior, confusion, hallucinations/psychosis, increased heart rate, hypertension, chest pain, death or serious injury. The speed of onset is 15 minutes, while the length of the high from these drugs is four to six hours. Bath Salts can be addictive.

What are signs of use?

  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Agitation
  • Combative/violent behavior
  • Confusion
  • Hallucinations/psychosis
  • Increased heart rate
  • High blood pressure
  • Chest pain

Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA); Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)

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