Synthetic Cathinones- Bath Salts

Alessandra Fronc

What is it?

Bath Salts are a fairly new drug. It is the nickname given to a group of drugs that have man-made chemicals related to cathinone. Cathinone is a drug found in the khat plant and is related to methamphetamine. It is white or brown and is a crystal like powder. It is sold in small plastic bags usually labeled with “Not for Human Consumption.”

Nicknames

"Bloom", "Vanilla Sky", "White Lightning", "Scarface", and "Cloud Nine".

Statistics

-2011 bath salts were reported in nearly 22.904 Emergency Room visits

-2012 poison centers took 2,691 calls about exposure to the bath salts

-2013 there was 995

-2014 582 calls

-2015 so far this year there was 29 calls in the month of January

-2010 was the first year that these calls were coming in

Advice

Some advice I would give you is that if you are offered bath salts you should say no or just walk away. Tell you peers that these bath salts can have long term affects that we don't know about because it is such a new drug.

Questions

What should I do if I hear about kids in my school doing drugs?

I would go to a teacher I trust, the principal, or the guidance counselor to tell them that it needs to be stopped. I would stay away from anyone that I thought was acting suspicious or that could be involved with drugs.


What are your feelings and attitudes about drug abuse?

I think that if the drug was not introduced to them in the first place maybe these people won't end up being addicted to it. This would make people a lot healthier in the long run. Also it's the person fault for taking the drug and wanting more. If they don't try it, then they won't want it.

Effects and Dangers

-makes people violent

-increases sex drive

-makes people paranoid

-death

-agitation

-racing heart, high-blood pressure, chest pains

-hallucinations and panic attacks

-dehydration, breakdown of skeletal muscle tissue, and kidney failure