Bath Salts are a relatively new designer drug that acts as a central nervous system stimulant. They’re not like the bath salts you put in to a relaxing bath, but they do look much the same. Many different chemical cocktails are sold under this name with a fair amount of compositional diversity, but they almost always contain methylenedioxypyrovalerone which is similar in structure to methamphetamines and the khat plant. It was made illegal in an emergency scheduling in 2011, which also banned any future chemical compounds meant to mimic its effects. Prior to its ban it was sold casually, in convenience stores and smoke shops, often in packages of up to 500 milligrams with enough for more than 25 doses. Poor labeling and and concentration data resulted in numerous overdoses. Bath Salts first gained mainstream notoriety when a story about a “zombie drug” went viral after a Florida man knifed a couple and then chewed on one of the victim’s faces.
Side Effects and Withdrawal Symptoms of Bath Salts
Bath Salts are powerfully addictive and also notable for their ability to induce tolerance. They provide an altered mental state marked by side effects such as:
- Violent behaviors
Those violent tendencies have presented as self-mutilation, suicidal actions, and attempted homicide.
Its withdrawal symptoms are very similar to Methamphetamines.
- Intense cravings
- Rapid heart rate
- High blood pressure
- Elevated temperature
Real Life Horror Close To Home
There have also been several deaths attributed to Bath Salts – both as a result of the violent side effects listed above and also from the strain of the drug on the circulatory system.
Bath Salts are one of a class of new designer drugs that push the limits of human tolerance. There is no room for use that does not carry extreme risks both to the user and any present around them. Even first time users have reported chewing holes in their tongue and attempting to cut their fingerprints off with a razor blade.
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