Bath Salts

By: Lindsay Peach and Ali Durand

Definition:

A drug that has one or more man made chemicals related to cathinone

Slang Terms

  • Bloom
  • Cloud Nine
  • Vanilla Sky
  • White Lightning

Dangers and Effects of the Drug

Short Term

Bath salts can...
  • affect the brain
  • produce feelings of joy
  • increase social interaction
  • increase sex drive
  • cause people to feel paranoid and nervous
  • cause people to have hallucinations
  • cause violent behavior
  • cause seizures
  • increase heart rate and blood pressure
  • cause suicidal thoughts
  • cause chest pain
  • cause nausea and vomiting
  • cause panic attacks
  • dilated pupils
  • loss of appetite

Long Term

  • depression
  • psychosis
  • loss of coordination
  • heart problems
  • increase in the risk of strokes
  • increase in the risk of heart attacks

Statistics

  1. "In 2011, bath salts were reported in nearly 23,000 emergency room visits."
  2. In 2011, poison centers took more than 6,000 calls about exposures to bath salts.
  3. Bath salts are most common in central Ohio.

Advice

If you or someone you know does bath salts you should call National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK or Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator at 1-800-662-HELP

Questions from original handout

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

If you find out someone is taking drugs in your school then you should tell a trusted adult immediately. Do not be afraid to tell someone.


What should I do if one of my friends offers me drugs?


If someone offers me drugs, then the obvious answer is no. Sometimes, with peer pressure, just a simple no isn't enough for your peers. If so, I would make up a lot of excuses as to why I couldn't take the drugs. For instance, you could say that you are tired and want to just go home or away from wherever they are. Also, you could just blame it on your parents and say that they would notice and you can't do it right now. You could always say "maybe next time" even if your lying. Although lying is bad, it would be okay to get yourself out of a bad situation. After I left and didn't have the drugs, I would try to help my friends stop using. If they wouldn't take mine or anyone else's help, then I wouldn't be friends with them anymore or hang out with them because I wouldn't want to be around someone who does drugs in the first place.