The bath salt sold in convenience stores is not bath salts used in bathtubs. Bath salt is a hallucinogen and the newest drug craze sweeping the country. Most terrifyingly, this new drug is something almost anyone can purchase.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
“The salts, sold under innocuous sounding names such as Ivory Wave, Vanilla Sky and Red Dove, often contain mephedrone and methylenedioxypyrovalerone, or MDPV. While the products are sold legally in stores, law enforcement, poison control centers, and lawmakers are scrambling to address the growing issue. The bath salts’ chemicals can cause rapid heart rates, suicidal thoughts, paranoia and hallucinations.
One user, Neil Brown, took a skinning knife and repeatedly slit his face and stomach. Brown said of the experience, “The psychological effects are still there.” Brown was lucky to survive, according to law enforcement officials.
Legal in almost every state, bath salt is the latest designer drug to be sweeping the nation. Bath salt was never intended to be put in bathwater and is a powdery substance packaged as bath salt to circumvent drug laws.
Bath salt is a hallucinogen; people who use it experience intense paranoid delusions — some believing their friends and family are out to hurt them, others seeing grotesque visions. Frequently, these incidents are followed by days of anxiety and paranoia, and, in some cases users are even being transferred to long-term psychiatric centers.