Why All The Fuss About Bath Salts?

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There’s a big difference between the bath salts you’ve been buying to put in your bath water and the bath salts your kids are buying at the local convenience store. One makes your skin silky smooth, the other is a dangerous designer drug whose manufacturer has managed to bypass the legal system simply by slapping a label on the bottle that says “Not Safe for Human Consumption”.

There’s a reason you’ve been hearing so much talk about bath salts lately and it’s not because everyone wants softer skin. Bath salts have been recently associated with a number of deaths and suicides. Perhaps you read about the zombie attack in Florida. It’s not a joke. The attacker was under the influence of this hallucinogenic drug being referred to as bath salts, ivory wave, purple wave, bliss, vanilla sky, and probably several other names.

Bath salts are currently being sold over the counter in convenience stores, smoke shops, bath shops – anywhere their manufacturers can get them on the shelves. And the reason they’re still legal in most states is because they look harmless, most people don’t realize what they are. And the fact that they’ve labeled them not safe for human consumption is all it takes for the manufacturers to be able to legally push these drugs.

It’s not all bath salts you need to be concerned about. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has made it illegal to possess or sell three chemicals that are typically used to make this designer drug – mephedrone, MDPV, and methylone, and most manufacturers have taken their illegal sales to the streets, like any other drug. So you don’t have to stop buying your Calgon.

But you do need to pay attention to what your children are buying, and what they’re calling it. Look for questionable labeling and containers. Does that look like a new bottle or jar, or does it look like it’s been around the block a few times? Is the label old and peeling? What’s the name on the label?

Bath salts have been known to cause severe agitation, psychosis, paranoia, chest pains, hallucinations and even thoughts of suicide. And what makes this drug even more dangerous is that there are currently no tests to identify it once it’s in your system, so physicians have no way of knowing how to treat the patient.

The drug is used in a variety of ways. People snort it, shoot it, smoke it, eat it, and sprinkle it on their food.

According to Zane Horowitz, MD, an emergency room physician and medical director of the Oregon Poison Center , the biggest concern with this drug is that once the stimulant effect wears off, the psychosis lingers, leaving the user feeling severely agitated, paranoid and suicidal for days after using the drug.

There hasn’t been enough research conducted yet to determine if bath salts are addictive with long-term use and the drugs are banned until October 2011. At that time, it’s likely they’ll be permanently banned.

Until that time, and even after, when the drugs are still available on the street, it’s important to pay attention when you children start talking about bath salts or vanilla sky or all the other names this drug goes by. Pay attention to containers when you see them lying around their room or stuffed into their backpack. Unfortunately, bath salts aren’t just for bathing anymore.

This is a guest post. Donna Anderson is a freelance writer who enjoys small-town living in rural Kentucky. She’s an active member of several online communities and enjoys taking part in discussions that focus on how real people can live real lives in this fast-paced world we all live in.

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