Bath Salts 101

Today we are examining the drug that is more addictive than cocaine; Bath Salts.

Bath salts are a type of street drug that usually contain synthetic cathinones such as mephedrone. They are considered a “legal high” because they are often sold in small independent stores such as gas stations and smoke shops or online, falsely labeled as bath salts or plant food (having nothing to do with these actual items). Users snort, smoke, swallow or inject the drug, which acts as a stimulant. The effects of “bath salts” have been compared to that of cocaine and ecstasy.

Side effects include hallucinations, panic attacks, paranoia, heart palpitations, headache, nausea, and cold fingers. Bath salts have also been known to cause kidney failure, liver failure, heart attacks, violent behavior and suicide. In fact, in 2010, a 21-year-old man from Kansas jumped in front of a vehicle, killing himself. It was later disclosed that he had “bath salts” in his body during the incident. These types of drugs are unable to be detected by dogs or drug tests. As of right now, these drugs are illegal in forty-one states. President Barack Obama just signed a bill this past July that amended the Federal drug policy of the United States to ban “bath salts”.

Bath Salts Just As Addictive As Cocaine

A study was recently done on mice showing the effect of “bath salts” as compared to cocaine. The scientists used a method known as “intracranial self-stimulation” (ICSS), which enables them to take a look at how drugs activate the reward circuitry in the brain, which leads to addiction. This was done by training the mice to run on a wheel and then rewarding them by stimulating electrodes that were implanted in their brains. The mice were tested with both “bath salts” and cocaine. In order to receive stimulation the mice continuously run on the wheel to the extent of giving up eating and sleeping. Some drugs increase the brain’s susceptibility to reward stimulation, which causes the mice to work harder and harder to receive their reward. The results concluded that “bath salts” had the same reward potency as cocaine, showing that “bath salts” may be more addictive than previously thought.

Use Of Bath Salts On The Rise

Bath salts are a fairly new and extremely dangerous addition to the up and coming world of synthetic drugs. In fact, in 2009, there were no calls made to the United States Poison Control Centers having to do with “bath salts” as opposed to the 302 calls received in 2010. Those numbers have jumped up tremendously to 2,237 calls in 2012, between the months of January and May alone. On December 21, 2010, the American Association of Poison Control Centers issued the first advisory concerning synthetic drug abuse after over 156 “bath salt” affiliated calls had been received.

What To Look For

Some of the names that these drugs may be sold under are Ivory Wave, Ivory Snow, Vanilla Sky, White Dove, White Knight, White Rush, White Lightening, Purple Wave, Red Dove, Star Dust, Snow Leopard, Hurricane Charlie, Blue Silk, Bliss, Blizzard, Ocean Burst and Charge+. The prices of these “bath salts” vary from $25 to $50 for a 50-milligram packet. Parents are urged to keep an eye out for anything that fits these descriptions and educated their children on the dangers of these drugs.

Narconon and other drug rehab programs across the country have seen continuous increases in the use of Bath Salts. The organization recommends that if you know someone abusing these drugs, get them immediate help.

For more information on Bath Salt abuse or to get someone help contact Narconon today.

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