Know the facts and connect with support to help you address known or suspected substance use with your child.
“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.
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. Bath Salts are usually ingested by sniffing or snorting. They can also be taken orally, smoked, or put into a solution and injected into veins.
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.
Signs of use include suicidal thoughts, agitation, combative or violent behavior, confusion, hallucinations and psychosis. If you’re concerned your child may be using bath salts or other substances, the following can help you address the behavior more effectively.