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Bath Salts: New Age Synthetic Designer Drugs

Updated on July 29, 2012

There is a brand new era of drugs flooding the country. They are not the conventional drugs that we are used to hearing about—drugs like cocaine, speed crack, and heroin. These new drugs are synthetic in nature and they make the old stuff look like sugar in comparison to the damage that they are capable of. They are extremely dangerous and readily available for sale to children of any age being easily purchased online and from corner stores and head shops all across the country. They are called “designer drugs,” and their name alone makes them appealing to the new age of drug users—children.

Designer drugs are cheap homemade drugs that contain all kinds of chemicals and you can never know what is in a designer drug, therefore you never know what they can do to you. They are called designer drugs because they appeal primarily to the new age of drug users—adolescents and teens.

These new designer drugs are not new to the drug world; however, they have become more popular in the U.S. over the past decade. There are all types of designer drugs on the market ranging from synthetic marijuana to synthetic hallucinogens.

Bath salts are the most popular among designer drugs and the most common variety of bath salts are Energy-1, Purple Wave, Red Dove, Blue Silk, Vanilla Sky, Zoom, Ivory Wave, Bloom, Cloud Nine, Ocean Snow, Lunar Wave, White Lightning, Scarface, Hurricane Charlie, and Bliss.

Reports of teens and young adults abusing bath salts began to surface in 2009. The American Association of Poison Control Centers statistics show that in 2010, nearly 300 people went to the emergency room for conditions related to the use of bath salts. In 2011, the number of cases jumped to 6,000.

What are “Bath Salts?”

You might be wondering how anyone can get high from something you put in your bathwater. Bath salts are not exactly what you might think they are. Most bath salts are made from an amphetamine-like chemical such as MDPV, or methylenedioxypyrovalerone, but there are newer pyrovalerone plagiaristic drugs being made by illegal street chemists. MDPV is sold as a powered substance that is inhaled, swallowed or taken intravenously.

No one know for sure exactly what bath salts are because their chemical ingredients and amounts vary to such a degree, and because there is no way to test for these substances, so, users never really know what they are taking.

Bath salts are similar to mephedrone which is a chemical found in other designer drugs. It also causes agitation, psychosis, and stimulatory effects. Both bath salts and mephedrone should be a cause for alarm since they can cause severe agitated behavior, as though an amphetamine overdose has occurred.

Why call them “Bath Salts?”

Bath salts are referred to as a designer drug of the phenethylamine class by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). By using a name like bath salts and labeling them “not for human consumption” those who market such a hideous substance have avoided detection as well as having their produce labeled an illegal substance. The DEA has classified bath salts in the same class that includes mescaline, amphetamines, and ephedrine. Bath salts are sold as a substitute for cocaine.

What are the effects of “Bath Salts?”

The effect that bath salts can have on a human brain and body would be viewed as mind numbing by almost any sane person, and for the most part it should be considered a poison instead of a drug. Bath salts are inhumane and unfit for human consumption.

Bath salts cause agitation, paranoia, sensory awareness and hallucinations, chest pain, feelings of empathy, stimulation, alertness, euphoria, and they have been noted to cause the user to have suicidal tendencies. Users get extremely high blood pressure and an increased pulse. Many of the effects of bath salts can linger even after the drug has worn off.

The formula for bath salts are always changing so presently not enough is known about the drug to know for sure how bath salts really affect the human body, and because we don’t know a lot about the drug there is no test to pick alert medics to whether or not someone has used bath salts. The only way to know if someone has taken bath salts is if they tell you.

What can we do?

As a nation, we should be alarmed about bath salts; as parents, we should be frightened. It would take a heartless, hideous and sinister monster, overrun with greed to sell bath salts to another human under the guise of getting high, just to make a profit.

Our children do not know the dangers of ingesting bath salts into their bodily systems. They have no way of knowing the harm it will cost them, nor the grief they will cost us to use this new synthetic designer drug known as bath salts.

Please America, we must educate ourselves and our children about the dangers of synthetic drugs and their ability to kill. Read books, go online, talk to others about the hidden dangers of getting high with bath salts. You just might save a child—your child.


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      Eric Dunbar 

      6 years ago from New Orleans

      Thanks for yout reply lorlie6. I am committed to turning the light on the dangers of drugs, I just may save a life.

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      Laurel Rogers 

      6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      I am really amazed that there are drugs-like Krokodil and Bath Salts-out there that make my former escapades with Alcohol, LSD, and Cocaine seem like child's play. This stuff is truly frightening, ericdunbar, and I thank you for writing such an important hub.


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      Eric Dunbar 

      6 years ago from New Orleans

      This is just the beginning GoForTheJuggler. There are people out there that make worse stuff than this to sell our children all for a profit. The sad part is, many of them die. Thanks for your vote.

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      Joshua Patrick 

      6 years ago from Texas

      I have heard of synthetic marijuana more recently, but not this. Scary stuff out there on the streets - voted up.

    • ericdunbar profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dunbar 

      6 years ago from New Orleans

      I would like to thank you Lisasilliamsj and Emer420 for your positive votes. Any type of drug addiction is horrible. It is unfortunate that in this age of information that so many of our youth are not better informed about the downside of using synthetic drugs like bath salts. Again I wish to thank you for your encouragement.

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      6 years ago

      This is a horrible drug. This was a very informative, well written, hub that I enjoyed very much. Very educational on its history and its dangerous properties. I voted this up and useful.

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      Lisa Chronister 

      6 years ago from Florida

      I have been hearing a lot about this drug, but was not really sure what it was. Thank you for writing this well written and informative article, I voted up!


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