“Bath Salts”, the newest drug fad to hit the shelves, is the latest addition to a growing list of items that young people can obtain to get high. They have recently been in the news for their bizarre effects on users, and have the potential for abuse and addiction, similar to that of cocaine
The “Bath Salts” we are referring to are very different from the product you use in the bath. They have the same name because they look similar, like a fine powder. They are also referred to as “plant food” or “pond water cleaner.” “Bath Salts” are man-made, stimulant-like chemicals taken orally, by inhalation or by injection for the purposes of getting high.
According to Talbot Partnership for Alcohol & Other Drug Abuse Prevention, Bath Salts” are marketed to people as less expensive, legal alternatives to ecstasy, cocaine, methamphetamines, which will bring the user a euphoric feeling and a sense of well-being. They are sold legally and illegally online and in drug paraphernalia stores, or “head shops” under a variety of names, such as “Ivory Wave,” “Scarface,” “Molly’s Plant Food,” “Purple Wave,” “Red Dove,” “Blue Silk,” “Zoom,” “Bloom,” “Bliss,” “Cloud Nine,” “Ocean Snow,” “Lunar Wave,” “Vanilla Sky,” “White Lightning,” “Scarface,” and “Hurricane Charlie.” The cost is between $20-$50.
President Barack Obama signed a bill into law earlier this month that bans the sale, production and possession of more than two dozen of the most common bath salt drugs. But health professionals say that there are so many different varieties of the drugs that U.S. lawmakers are merely playing catch up, so parents still need to beware.
For further information on “Bath Salts” or additional information on substance abuse in our community, please call Talbot Partnership at 410-819-8067.