What are bath salts?
“Bath salts” is the informal street name for a lethal designer drug. Its effects are similar to those of amphetamine and cocaine and it is used worldwide. Its aliases include Ivory Wave, Bliss, White Lightning, Hurricane Charlie, Vanilla Sky, Charge, and White Knight. The benignly named "bath salts" is toxic, highly addictive, and can be deadly.
The U.S. Navy and state and national law enforcement officials have clamped down on the drug, but there is no absolute way to keep people from using it.
The Navy campaign’s goal is to inform sailors of the dangers of designer drugs like bath salts and spice, thereby reducing the number of active-duty service members using designer drugs.Drug use at the U.S. Naval Academy has been rampant, starting in 2010. (Watch video)
Of course, bath salts primary prey is teens and young adults. They are the ones most likely to discount the risks of using this drug. It is widely available on the Internet, as well as over-the-counter at convenience stores, smoke shops, and from dealers.
The powder-like substance also known as “fake cocaine,” can be snorted, injected, or smoked, and like cocaine users, bath salts users experience fleeting euphoric feelings followed by severe feelings of paranoia, depression, and agitation, along with an intense craving for more that can lead to addiction.
Use of the drug produces an intense high, extreme energy, increased tolerance for pain, delusions of super-human strength and invincibility, and aggressive and violent behavior. Negative side effects include rapid heart rate, excessive sweating, nausea, difficulty breathing, brain swelling, hallucinations, insomnia, panic attacks, erratic behavior, reduced motor control, seizures, self-mutilation, suicidal thoughts, suicide, and even murder.
- Be sure to watch the Navy Medicine video.
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Bath salts’ chemical makeup turns some abusers into raving maniacs with violent and often lethal consequences for themselves and others. Bath salts is not a fad . . . It is a nightmare.
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