Bath Salts

Bath salts is a street name for a group of dangerous drugs used to get high. Bath salts can contain the chemicals methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV), mephedrone, and methylone. Bath salts can have cocaine-like effects. They look like white powder and can be injected, inhaled, swallowed, or snorted. Other names for bath salts include:

  • Ivory Wave.

  • Purple Wave.

  • Red Dove.

  • Blue Silk.

  • Zoom.

  • Bloom.

  • Cloud Nine.

  • Scarface.

  • Hurricane Charlie.

  • Bliss.

  • White Lightning.

  • Plant Food.

The bath salts you use in a bath and that you can buy in health and beauty stores are different, and when used correctly, are safe.

SYMPTOMS

Taking bath salts changes brain chemistry. Users may experience:

  • Hallucinations. This is when you see or hear things that are not really there.

  • Chest pains.

  • Rapid heartbeat.

  • Agitation.

  • Extreme paranoia, irrational fear, or anxiety.

  • Delusions. This is a strong belief about something that is not real or true.

  • Psychotic episodes.

  • Self-harm.

  • Aggressive behavior posing harm to others.

People using bath salts can begin to crave the drug and may become addicted. There may be other short-term and long-term effects that have not yet been studied.

TREATMENT

  • Short-term emergency medical treatment attempts to preserve life and prevent or minimize damage from drug use. This may include medicines given to manage drug toxicity and antipsychotic medicines.

  • Long-term substance abuse treatment helps to achieve recovery from drug abuse or addiction. Most hospital caregivers can provide referral information for such treatment if the hospital does not offer it. There are many supportive programs and professionals available to help drug abusers.

HOME CARE INSTRUCTIONS

  • Follow all instructions from your caregiver very carefully.

  • Take all medicines as prescribed by your caregiver.

  • Keep all appointments for further evaluation and counseling.

  • Do not use drugs, alcohol, or any other mind-altering and mood-altering drugs unless prescribed by your caregiver.

  • Do not drive or operate machinery until your caregiver says it is okay.

  • Consider joining a support group.

  • Avoid socializing with people who use or deal drugs.

SEEK IMMEDIATE MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • You develop severe chest pain.

  • You develop shortness of breath.

  • You develop extreme agitation.