Although it sounds innocent enough, these aren’t the same Epsom salts you put in your bathtub. It’s a dangerous drug. But by marketing them as bath salts and labeling them “not for human consumption,” clandestine retailers have been able to avoid prosecution. The effect of this drug on users is dangerous and horrifying.
Banned in a number of states, bath salts contain amphetamine-like chemicals, which have distinctively hazardous effects around the brain. “If you are taking the worst characteristics of meth, coke, PCP, LSD, and Ecstasy and set them together, that’s what we’re seeing sometimes,” said Mark Ryan, director from the Louisiana Poison Center. Bath salts, which have been called the new LSD, cause people “to go completely insane and be very violent,” according to Armando Aguilar, president of the Miami Fraternal Order of Police.
Reports from emergency departments note that “bath salt” use can lead to sympathetic nervous system effects such as tachycardia (fast heart rate), hypertension (high blood pressure), hyperthermia (elevated body temperature), and seizures (convulsions). Death has been reported. Altered mental status may present as severe panic attacks, agitation, paranoia, delusions, hallucinations, and violent behavior, including self-mutilation, suicide attempts, and homicidal activity.
Bath Salts have a multitude of brand names and street names like: Ivory Wave, Vanilla Sky, Bliss, Dynamite, Purple Rain, Bliss, Blizzard, Charge+, Purple Wave, Mad Cow, Cloud 9, M1, Ocean Burst, Pure Ivory, Snow Leopard, Stardust, White Lightening, White Knight, and White Dove.
Call today for more details about screening for the use of illegal bath salts.