What are Bath Salts?
Synthetic cathinones, often marketed as “bath salts,” have names like Cloud 9 and Bliss. They are NOT the bath salts you use in your tub. These are powerful illegal drugs that have not been tested for safety, so users don’t really know exactly what chemicals they are putting into their bodies. The side effects they cause may be permanent.Poison center experts say these substances are among the worst they have seen.
The effects are generally similar to those of cocaine, amphetamine, and other stimulants but vary with compound, dose, and route of administration. Users may sniff or swallow the drugs or even inject them. Poison center experts say these substances are among the worst they have seen. Users have experienced many side effects, such as:
- Paranoia and violent behavior
- Suicidal thoughts
- Panic attacks
- Increased blood pressure and heart rate
- Chest pain
- Nausea and vomiting
The popularity of bath salts has been progressively weakening. The number of exposure calls to poison centers has gradually lessened from a high of 6,137 calls in 2011 to 229 calls as of May 31, 2015. The drug seems to be most popular with people who are between 20 and 29 years old. However, poison centers have seen bath salts exposures in a wide range of ages, from younger than 6 to older than 59.