While bath salts don’t do much in terms of hydrating skin, they certainly carry potent effects. Known to cause severe paranoia because of the intense stimulant nature of the latest drug, these bath salts have been the cause of suicide in certain cases.
The worst part about it — these salts are not only legal for consumer purchase in the United States, but they are available at almost every retail and convenience store.
With warning signs printed on the packages, manufacturers warn consumers to not use these salts for unintended use. The packages also contain warnings that the product should not be consumed. However, some consumers took this as a challenge and decided to use these salts as stimulant drugs.
Common ingredients of bath salts include mephedrone and methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV).
When used as a drug, the powder is usually snorted, smoked, or injected, causing users hallucinations, paranoia, and even suicide.
The bath salts were not a well-known drug in 2010, as poison centers received just 235 calls for the entire year. The use of these salts as a drug is growing at an alarming rate, however. With an average of 8 calls per day in 2011, reported cases of poisoning are on track to increase tenfold from last year.