Bath Salts: More Perilous Than Meth?
Addicts are struggling to get clean
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 23, 2011 8:43 AM CST
Neil Brown stabbed himself in the face and stomach while tripping on bath salt powder.    (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

(Newser) – Ivory Wave, Red Dove, Vanilla Sky—the names sound more tranquil than menacing, but authorities are calling them the latest in drugs as dangerous as crystal meth. They're bath salts, and can be bought legally in stores, but they contain mephedrone and methylenedioxypyrovalerone, which can cause hallucinations, paranoia, rapid heart rates, and suicidal thoughts. Louisiana alone had 125 calls to its poison control center in three months last year, leading the bath salts to be outlawed by emergency order.

Now other states are thinking of following Louisiana's lead, reports the AP. Because bath salts are not designed to be consumed, they are not regulated like food or drugs. But people—mostly meth addicts for now, say the police—can snort, inject, or smoke them, giving them a powerful, but scary high. "I couldn't tell you why I did it," said one man who stabbed himself in the face and stomach while high on the salts. "The psychological effects are still there." "Even though it's a horrible trip, they want to do it again and again," said a poison control doctor.

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Jan 24, 2011 9:57 AM CST
Anyone stupid enough to intentionally do this deserves to die off.
Jan 24, 2011 3:09 AM CST
so sad what the either addicted or ignorant crowd will do to themselves.....
Jan 23, 2011 6:36 PM CST
the article is misleading, they aren't really "bath salts" any more then Pep Spice is "Incense". You have to buy it over the internet, it's sold as "bath salts" so that it isn't regulated, though I'd hate to find out what a bath with that stuff would do. Sorry, but you aren't going to be able to run off to Bed Bath and Beyond anytime soon to get your socks blown.