The Harsh Reality of Bath Salts

Bath salts may sound relatively benign, but there is absolutely nothing safe about this designer drug. Rather than being a single type of drug, it refers to a combination of drugs, which produce effects which are similar to amphetamines and cocaine. If you are concerned about a loved one's use of bath salts, get them professional help immediately.

The chemicals most often uses to make the drug are Methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV), mephedrone and methylone. It looks like a white or off-white powder and is usually sold in small plastic or foil packages.

Street Names and Slang Terms

Some street names and slang terms for the drug are as follows:

• Bliss
• Cloud Nine
• Drone
• Meow Meow
• Pure Ivory
• Purple Wave
• Snow Leopard
• Stardust
• Vanilla Sky

Use and Short Term Effects

The drug is usually taken by sniffing or snorting. It can also be smoked, taken orally or put into a solution and injected into the veins. The user will start to feel its effects within about 15 minutes, and the high will last for between four and six hours.

The reason bath salts are considered so dangerous is that the drug can trigger episodes where users may harm themselves or others. In 2012, the American Association of Poison Control Centers received 2,656 calls for help about exposure to this drug. Reported side effects included:

• Chest pain
• Elevated blood pressure and heart rate
• Hallucinations
• Paranoia
• Suicidal thoughts
• Violent behavior

Find Professional Help for a Love One with a Substance Abuse Problem

Once someone has started experimenting with a drug like bath salts, they are likely to get cravings after their initial experience. Some people have episodes where they experience paranoia or delusions after the high from the drug has worn off. If your loved one has been experimenting with this type of drug, you need to seek out professional help from a holistic rehab center that can provide long-term care. It will take time to ensure that the effects of the drug are out of his or her system and to learn how to live a sober life after experiencing the effects of this powerful substance.