Other Common Street Names
and many more
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
Common synthetic cathinones include
methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV), mephedrone
Much is still unknown about how these chemicals
affect the brain and each one may have very different
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.
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
-”not for human consumption”
-”phone screen cleaner”
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
Over the past 10 years, bath salts have gained
enormous popularity in the U.S and in Europe as “legal
In October of 2011 the U.S Drug Enforcement
Administration put emergency bans on three cathinone
In July of 2012, President Barack Obama made
mephedrone and MDPV illegal along with other
synthetic drugs that were often being sold as marijuana
Although they have been made illegal, manufacturers
have made drugs so slightly different from the banned
chemicals so they can evade legal restrictions
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.”
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
Does the FDA (who is responsible for ensuring the
health and safety of us citizens) do enough to
protect our well being?
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"SCVNews.com | County Health Officer Warns About Bath Salts | 1021-2012." SCVNewscom RSS. N.p., 21 Oct. 2012. Web. 25
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