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Bath salts

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  • 1. By Brittany Mattsen
  • 2. Other Common Street Names        Ivory Wave Purple Wave Vanilla Sky Bliss White Lightning White Rush Hurricane Charlie and many more
  • 3. What are they?      The term bath salts is an emerging family of drugs It is being concocted by street chemists and includes several synthetic chemicals related to cathinone (an amphetamine-like stimulant) Common synthetic cathinones include methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV), mephedrone and methylone Much is still unknown about how these chemicals affect the brain and each one may have very different properties In addition, there are other chemicals in bath salts that are showing to be very difficult to be traced and could vary from manufacturer to manufacturer.
  • 4. Not to be Confused…   These syntheitc cathinone products are NOT related to household bath salts used in the bathing process such as Epsom salts These “bath salts” are sold in foil packages online, in drug paraphernalia stores and even in many local convenience stores and have labels that read, -”not for human consumption” -”jewelry cleaner” -”plant food” -”phone screen cleaner”
  • 5. Effects of taking Bath Salts     Usually taken orally, inhaled, or injected Can cause a feeling of euphoria, increased sociability and sex drive, but some users experience paranoia, agitation, hallucinations and extreme psychotic and violent behaviors Death has been reported in several instances and the growing use and abuse of bath salts has become a severe public health and safety concern They are also being associated with severe cardiac symptoms such as a racing heart, high blood pressure and chest pains
  • 6. Legality Over the past 10 years, bath salts have gained enormous popularity in the U.S and in Europe as “legal highs”  In October of 2011 the U.S Drug Enforcement Administration put emergency bans on three cathinone drugs  In July of 2012, President Barack Obama made mephedrone and MDPV illegal along with other synthetic drugs that were often being sold as marijuana substitutes  Although they have been made illegal, manufacturers have made drugs so slightly different from the banned chemicals so they can evade legal restrictions 
  • 7. Bath Salts Causing "Excited Delirium" ABS News: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKbTbRqXVFg
  • 8. Striking Quote  Neuroscientist, Dr. Deborah Mash “This raises a new fear level in me. This for me is almost like a science fiction episode where someone makes a very dangerous molecule and it’s released into the public.”
  • 9. Questions for Discussion    The drug known as Bath Salts were being sold legally in stores after being manufactured by so called “street chemists” with a variety of chemicals that professionals could not even trace. How was it possible for these substances to be sold at the counters of our local convenience stores? Does the FDA (who is responsible for ensuring the health and safety of us citizens) do enough to protect our well being?
  • 10. Bibliography "'Bath Salts' Causing 'Excited Delirium'?" YouTube. YouTube, 30 May 2012. Web. 25 Jan. 2014. "DrugFacts: Synthetic Cathinones ("Bath Salts")." National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Jan. 2014. Feature, Matt McMillen WebMD. "Bath Salts Drugs: Problems, Ingredients, Dangers, and More." WebMD. WebMD, n.d. Web. 23 Jan. 2014. "INHALANT ABUSE PREVENTION." Inhalant Abuse Prevention. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Jan. 2014. "SCVNews.com | County Health Officer Warns About Bath Salts | 1021-2012." SCVNewscom RSS. N.p., 21 Oct. 2012. Web. 25 Jan. 2014.

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