Definition - What does Bath Salts mean?
Bath salts are a brown, or white, crystal-like powder that is comprised of synthetic cathinone, which stimulates the central nervous system when consumed. The substance is consumed through inhaling, ingesting, injecting, or smoking. It is considered as an alternative drug to cocaine and methamphetamine. Bath salts are also called Flakka, Bliss, Cloud Nine or Bloom. There are no correlation between everyday bath products and this drug.
WorkplaceTesting explains Bath Salts
Bath salts are classified as a new psychoactive substance (NPS) and, due to the fact that it cannot be regulated by the public health system, it poses many risks. The chemical composition of bath salts is very similar to that of cocaine, MDMA, and amphetamines, which invigorates and suppresses inhibitions. The effects of this potentially addictive drug are elevated blood pressure and heart rate, paranoia, psychosis, anxiety, nosebleeds, perspiration, tremors, depression, and insomnia. The drug consists mainly of methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV). All chemicals found in bath salts are on the Schedule I controlled substances list which means that it is illegal to possess or sell it and it cannot be prescribed.
Bath salts have gained attention in the media due to the particularly violent effects they cause in many cases. Users have experienced hallucinations, severe aggression, suicidal thoughts and attempts, and extreme psychotic delusions.