The use of “bath salts” – not the ones you actually put in the bathtub to soak in – is receiving increasing attention in the media. describes these bath salts as “central nervous system stimulants that inhibit the norepinephrine-dopamine reuptake system and can lead to serious, and even fatal adverse reactions.”  They are known for producing a high that is similar to that of methamphetamine.


Bath salts are usually snorted, but can also be injected, smoked, orally ingested or used rectally. Users may experience severely altered mental statuses – news stories feature the demonstrations of violent behavior (which includes self-mutilation, homicidal activity and attempts at suicide), delusions, agitation, and paranoia.


On September 7, 2011 the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) announced emergency scheduling to control MDPV, mephedrone and methylone, which are all chemicals found in bath salts. In an article about bath salts on, prior to the DEA’s ruling, they “were noted to be easily accessible in convenience stores, gas stations, over the Internet and in “head” or smoke shops.”


In July 2012, the president signed a law that bans mephedrone, methylone and MDVP, placing them on the Schedule I controlled substances list (meaning that they can’t be sold or prescribed for medical purposes). The law also bans any future chemical compounds designed to mimic the effects of bath salts.


Unfortunately, despite the law, “bath salts” abuse continues.


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