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The name “bath salts” sounds innocent, but these are powerful and dangerous stimulant drugs.
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Bath salts are sold as a white or off-white powder, mostly in small plastic or foil packages. The drugs are usually snorted (sniffed up a nostril). They also can be swallowed, smoked, or mixed with a liquid and injected with a syringe.
Bath salts contain manmade chemicals that increase brain and central nervous system activity in much the same way as drugs like amphetamines or MDMA (ecstasy).
Bath salts can cause users to have an out-of-body experience, elated mood, or feel delirious. These effects can last up to 3–4 hours.
Other short-term effects include:
Physical effects of bath salts include:
Users can also develop what is called “excited delirium.” When this happens, people get dehydrated, their muscle tissue breaks down, and they can go into kidney failure and die.
Long-term abuse of bath salts may cause people to have hallucinations, hear voices, feel paranoid, and develop a psychosis that resembles schizophrenia.
People who use bath salts easily can get addicted to them. They may feel driven to do whatever they can to keep getting high, including taking risks.
Bath salts can cause heart problems and seizures. Taking too much of the drug at one time can lead to an overdose. All these things can be deadly, even if someone only tries the drug once.
Bath salts have caused a number of deaths and been blamed for a handful of suicides and murders.
Two of the chemicals in bath salts (mephedrone and MDPV) are Schedule I class drugs. That means they have a high potential for abuse and no accepted medical use. People who are caught with bath salts can face fines and jail time.
It’s not hard to find drugs, and sometimes it may seem like everyone’s doing them or wanting you to do them. But there are downsides (and dangers)Â to taking drugs.
Find out what you can do if you think you or a friend has a drug or alcohol addiction – from recognizing the warning signs to suggestions to help you stay clean.
We all face grief at some point. Here are 5 ideas that might help you copeÂ when someone you love has died.
Amphetamines are stimulants that speed up brain and body functions. Find out how these drugs can affect you in this article for teens.
Cocaine is a powerful and highly addictive stimulant drug. Find out more about cocaine and its effects.
GHB is an illegal drug thatÂ slows down some of theÂ processes in the brain and central nervous system. Because it causes memory loss and is easily slipped into drinks, it’s known as a “date rape” drug.
Ketamine is a fast-acting and powerful anesthetic that is often used as a date rape drug. Find out more in this article for teens.
Meth is a powerful stimulant drug that’s extremely addictive and destructive. Find out how it works and why it’s smart to avoid it.
Rohypnol is a powerful sedative that has a reputation as a “date rape” drug. Find out more about it in this article for teens.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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