The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has published a resource guide on the new synthetic street drug known as Bath Salts.
For those unfamiliar, Bath Salts are an emerging family of drugs containing one or more synthetic chemicals.
The ever-changing chemical compounds found in Bath Salts make tracking, research and understanding as well as legal policy very difficult.
Over the past year, many reports of severe intoxication and dangerous health effects associated with use of Bath Salts have made these drugs a serious and growing public health and safety issue.
The term “bath salts” refers to an emerging family of drugs containing one or more synthetic chemicals related to cathinone, an amphetamine-like stimulant found naturally in the Khat plant.
The synthetic cathinones in bath salts can produce euphoria and increased sociability and sex drive, but some users experience paranoia, agitation, and hallucinatory delirium; some even display psychotic and violent behavior, and deaths have been reported in several instances.
Bath salts typically take the form of a white or brown crystalline powder and are sold in small plastic or foil packages labeled “not for human consumption.”
Often times, Bath Salts are also marketed as “plant food”—or, more recently, as “jewelry cleaner” or “phone screen cleaner”. They are sold online and in drug paraphernalia stores under a variety of brand names, such as “Ivory Wave,” “Bloom,” “Cloud Nine,” “Lunar Wave,” “Vanilla Sky,” “White Lightning,” and “Scarface.”
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