What are bath salts?
Bath Salts is the name for a new synthetic drug that can be purchased at some convenience stores, novelty shops throughout the state.
The active ingredients in bath salts are usually MDPV and mephedrone, although there are other unknown ingredients that can be found in the bath salts. Although there was a recent federal ban on bath salts, MDPV, and mephedrone invoked in September 2011, users were able to hoard the bath salts and the base ingredients while it was still legal. There are reports that the bath salts can be created in labs similar to the meth labs used to make crystal meth.
There are literally dozens of brand names (Vanilla Sky, Ivory Wave, Lady Bubbles, etc.), but the drug can also be referred to as any of the following:
Bath salts are a white or light brown powder that comes in small containers ranging from 250mg to 1000mg. Prices generally range from $30 to $90.
Bath Salts can be taken many different ways, including:
Bath Salts act as a stimulant on the body and is considered to be a combination of a synthetic cocaine and/or meth-amphetamine and can cause:
Severe anxiety and paranoid behaviors (including the feeling that the person is being watched or followed)
Agitation and violent behaviors (sometimes, people using have increased strength and increased startle response)
Suicidal and/or homicidal thoughts
Dilated pupils (most stimulants tend to cause dilated pupils)
Nausea and Vomiting
Increased heart rate
Shortness of breath
Bath salts are dangerous!
It is very easy to overdose on bath salts.
Since there is no set method on making the bath salts, no two batches are exactly the same. Even if the person buys the same brand or type, there is no guarantee that it was made in the same way or even has the same ingredients.
Bath salts in West Virginia and Clarksburg
Some of the newer forms of bath salts do not contain MDPV or mephedrone, but are just as dangerous. These were designed to bypass the new wording of House Bill 2505 that made bath salts, MDPV, and mephedrone illegal.
What to do if someone you know is using bath salts
If you need help with bath salts or anyother drug use:
Call United Summit Center at 1-800-SUMMIT-0 to arrange a confidential meeting to discuss appropriate treatment options.