Bath salts are a chemical stimulant similar in composition to methamphetamine and have hallucinogenic effects that are similar to LSD, according to Geller. In most states, including California, selling the drug is a crime, but possession is not.
Use of bath salts appears to be on the rise. Nationwide, the number of calls to poison control centers about the drug increased more than 20 times in 2011, according to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, from 304 reports in 2010 to 6,138 last year. Health officials say the drug is more widely used in communities already rife with meth addiction.
As authorities trying to figure out why a naked Miami man chewed off the face of a homeless man, some are speculating that the man's bizarre actions might have been triggered by ingesting bath salts.
The Miami Herald reports the mayor of Sweetwater, Manny Marono, wants to ban bath salts in his Florida city in "reaction to the infamous face-eating rage near the MacArthur Causeway in Miami."
A man who crashed his car in Medford during a late-night police chase was found to be in possession of the controversial drug "bath salts" that has made gruesome headlines recently and is a cause of concern for local police.
Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau said Zachary Jordan Krawczyk has been arrested on numerous felony charges in connection with the chase. Among them is possession of bath salts, which police said were found in his pocket after he crashed his car near McAndrews Road.
Because bath salts are made by "street chemists," there's really no way to know what chemicals are actually contained in any given quantity of bath salts, one expert told WebMD. There's also no medical test to detect bath salts in a patient. "The only way we know if someone has taken them is if they tell you," the expert said.
Despite new laws and a growing awareness of bath salts' side effects -- notably, dangerously high body temperature, extreme paranoia, and vivid hallucinations -- the use of bath salts seems to be on the rise in the United States. Poison-control centers tallied more than 6,100 bath-salt emergencies in 2011, up from just 303 in 2010, The Daily Beast reports.
Bath salts may sound harmless, but some doctors say it may be one of the most bizarre and deadly street drugs they've seen... Bath salts are often described as a combination of Heroin, Meth and PCP. Its effects have been see across the country, now police say it's making its way to the Rogue Valley... bath salts are almost impossible to detect through drug tests. He's also concerned about how easy it is to find online, saying it is often marketed to children.
Young said the drug produces a high similar to cocaine and amphetamine, with dangerous hallucinogenic properties. And it is highly addictive...The drug, which has the chemical name methylenedioxypyrovalerone, is not a listed substance under Health Canada's Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, making the drug legal in Canada.
"Ivory Wave," "Purple Wave," Vanilla Sky," and "Bliss" -- all are among the many street names of a so-called designer drug known as “bath salts,” which has sparked thousands of calls to poison centers across the U.S. over the last year..."Agitation, paranoia, hallucinations, chest pain, suicidality. It’s a very scary stimulant that is out there. We get high blood pressure and increased pulse, but there’s something more, something different that’s causing these other extreme effects. But right now, there’s no test to pick up this drug. The only way we know if someone has taken them is if they tell you they have.
In short, "bath salts" actually do live up to the warnings of old-school anti-drug ads, which cautioned potential users of insanity, death and murder. The salts work by putting the brain's survival instincts into overdrive, essentially causing an extreme adrenaline rush that lasts for hours rather than moments.
In San Clemente, agents raided Tobacco and Accessories in the 2700 block of Via Cascadita on Tuesday evening and reported finding 106 grams of bath salts and 2.6 pounds of spice.
Diab, the owner, said he thought the chemicals taken as "bath salts" were for cleaning pipes. He said the packaging said something about bubbles, and some customers told him they used it in the bath to invigorate their skin.
Federal legislation that would criminalize synthetic marijuana and certain bath salts has passed the United States Senate and is on its way to the House of Representatives.
The proposed law, championed by Sen. Charles Schumer, was passed as part of the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act. Schumer tacked his proposed ban onto the FDA legislation in order to overcome a filibuster by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Tenn.) that had held up passage of the bipartisan proposal for months.
Police said people who use them show violent and erratic behavior. They said the drug increases heart rate, breathing and body temperature. The effects can be worse than LSD, ecstasy and meth combined, police said... Police said because these drugs are made with random chemicals, there is really no way to know how they will affect a person.