What are bath salts?
There are two types of bath salts. The first are water-soluble beads that are meant to be added to your bath water for a better cleaning and better bathing experience. These are not the bath salts that are being abused. Bath Salts is also the informal, slang term for a new group of designer drugs sold as tablets, capsules, or powder and purchased in places such as tobacco and convenience stores, gas stations, head shops, and the Internet. These drugs are stimulants that mimic cocaine, lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), methamphetamine, or methylenedioxymethamphetamine (ecstasy).
Are they being inhaled?
Yes. One way to ingest the drug bath salts is through inhalation or snorting. Bath salts meant for your bath are not being abused.
By labeling these drugs as bath salts and “not for human consumption” they have been able to avoid being specifically labeled as illegal.
Other terms these drugs go by include:
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Signs of abuse
There are different kinds of bath salts so depending on the chemicals in them reactions can vary. Symptoms mimic symptoms of cocaine, LSD, methamphetamine, and ecstasy use. Symptoms include nausea, rapid heart rate, increased blood pressure, chest pain, irritability, dizziness, nosebleeds, and delusions. Bath Salts have also been associated with impaired impulse control and violent behavior.