Posted: May 29, 2012 4:41 PM
Updated: May 29, 2012 4:40 PM
Have you heard about how teens are using bath salts to get high? It's true, there are brands of bath salts that have chemicals that can cause a meth-like high. These aren't your normal epsom salts or Bath & Bodyworks products. In order to get high off the salts, you'd have to snort, inject, or smoke them, so there's no risk of hallucinations if you're just soaking in the tub. But that hasn't stopped addicts from trying to get the chemicals into their bodies any way they can. "The powders' effects are similar to those of methamphetamine, and can include rapid heart rate, visual hallucinations, paranoia and psychosis, as well as self-mutilation and suicidal thoughts, authorities say."
These salts come from head shops and some convenient stores. The are usually a very small amount and average about $25 for a small amount. The San Francisco Bath Salt Company, issued a statement last week.
"These are not your typical bath salts, or really even bath salts at all," wrote a representative, adding that none of the imposters contain sodium chloride (sea salt) or magnesium sulfate (epsom salt), "staple ingredients of a typical and true bath salt."
Experts agree that these new drugs are very addicting and can cause severe, sometimes irreversible psychotic episodes. This product may be labeled as plant food, as some was found in the UK under this disguise.
Have you heard about this? Do you talk to your teens about the dangers of these types of drugs?