Bath Salts: Signs and Symptoms of Abuse
Bath salts cause excitation in terms of euphoria and increased activity and sex drive. A person can become agitated and paranoid, can have panic attacks and hallucinations as well as violent and psychotic outbursts. These substances also cause cardiac symptoms such as high
blood pressure, fast heart rate and chest pains. Other symptoms include profuse sweating, teeth grinding, hallucinations, jerking eye movements, etc.
Bath salts are a relatively new street drug, and users are attracted to them because they are easy to get, cheap, and drug tests cannot detect them easily.
Their ability to stimulate the central nervous system can induce violent outbursts as well as psychotic behavior. Bath salts abuse poses a threat to the person taking them as well as the public.
What are Bath Salts?
Bath salts are stimulants that come in a powder form. Their exact chemical composition is yet to be determined as illegal producers manufacture them on the streets and market them to drug paraphilia stores.
Synthetic cathinone is a consistent part of the chemical make up of most bath salts. This chemical acts as stimulant, which is what leads to many of the dangerous side effects associated with bath salts abuse.
The powder is either white or brown, and it is sold in foil packages labeled, “Not for human consumption.” They are typically found in stores that sell other drug paraphernalia. They come in packages often labeled, “phone screen cleaner,” “plant food,” or “jewelry cleaner.”
How They Are Used
Bath salts come in powder form, and users have the choice of ingesting them in three different ways: injection, sniffing, or swallowing.
Other Names: Plant Food, Jewelry Cleaner, Phone Screen Cleaner, Lucky, Jamaican Me Crazy, Molly’s Plant Food, Super Molly’s, Ivory Snow, Scarface, Sprinkles, Sprinklezz, Purple Monkey, Vanilla Sky, White Lightning, Cloud Nine, Ivory Wave, Bloom, Lunar Wave
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