Synthetic Drugs Part 2: Bath Salts


For a while when I heard the term “bath salts” I simply thought it was the stuff you put in your bath and thought “oh, how nice.”  One year I attended a conference and training about “designer drugs” and one drug in particular called bath salts. I soon learned these weren’t your normal bath salts to put in your bath. Bath salts are synthetic drugs because of the chemicals used to make them.

The most common ingredient in bath salts is methylenedioxypyrovalerone also known as MDPV.  MDPV is structurally similar to ingredients found in methamphetamines, amphetamines and ecstasy which are known stimulants.

Bath salts are also known as: Flakka, Ivory Wave, Vanilla Sky, Cloud Nine, Blue Silk, Purple Sky, Bliss, Purple Wave, Red Dove, Zoom, Bloom, Ocean Snow, Lunar Wave, White Lightening, Scarface, Hurricane Charlie, Drone, Energy-1, Meow Meow, Sextasy, Ocean Burst, Pure Ivory, Snow Leopard, Stardust, White Night, White Rush, Charge Plus, White Dove, Plant Fertilizer, and Plant Food.


More often than not bath salts are a white or brown crystalline powder sold in small plastic or foil packages labeled “not for human consumption.”  While packages such as those shown below with the label “not for human consumption” you can see the irony of the package label instructing: “always drink lots of water, never use with alcohol, and don’t operate a motor vehicle or machinery.”


Bath salts are snorted, smoked or injected. What happens when you’re on bath salts? The high can last from 3-4 hours or days. The physical effects may last 6-8 hours.  The effects may include but are not limited to: paranoia, hallucinations, anger, profuse sweating, hyper alertness, violence, intense thirst, loss of coordination, panic/anxiety, high fever, jaw clenching, delusions, mood swings, dry mouth, vomiting, dizziness, depression, homicidal/suicidal thoughts, agitation with or without violence, jerky body movements, and/or grinding of teeth.

The face of a bath salt user:


The road to recovery from bath salts is not a quick and easy one. If you or someone you know needs help, Youth Outreach is available.  Stop by or give us a call at 1.866.538.8023.


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