Bath salts are not the same as Epsom salts, scented crystals, or what you put in your bath. Bath salts are the name of a drug that comes in the form of a white or off-white powder that looks like salt. They also come in tablet and capsule form. Bath salts contain man-made, amphetamine-like stimulants called cathinones (e.g., 3, 4 MDPV, methylone, mephedone).
Bath salts are sold on the Internet, in convenience stores, and in drug paraphernalia shops (head shops). Bath salts are made to look like actual bath salts (the kind you use in the bath) or plant food. They’re often sold in small, foil packages labeled as phone cleaner or plant food. The packages often have a label that says “not for human consumption”. Selling the drug this way makes it harder for the police to monitor.
You can sniff, snort, eat, smoke, or inject (as a solution) bath salts. They can also be used rectally. Most people snort them.
Yes. MDPV (one of the main ingredients in bath salts) is illegal in Canada. It’s classified in the same group as cocaine and heroin. That means if you're caught buying or selling it, or even having it in your possession, you can get a fine, be arrested or go to jail.
Not a lot of research has been done on bath salts. Bath salts stimulate the nervous and cardiovascular systems. The effects depend on what combinations of drugs are in them.
Drug effects (the highs) start within 10 to 20 minutes and can last up to 4 hours. Some effects are more serious than others. When using bath salts, you might have any of these short-term
When you use bath salts, you might have any of these short-term
psychological effects (some are more serious than others):
People that use bath salts might also have a false sense of reality (psychosis), harm themselves, and even die.
Not a lot of research has been done on the long-term effects of bath salts but users and healthcare providers report that the drug has a high risk for abuse. Some possible long-term effects may include:
You may have withdrawal symptoms from using bath salts. Symptoms may include:
For more information and to find an addiction services office near you, please call the
24-hour Addiction Helpline (Alberta only).
Current as of: April 1, 2017
Author: Poison & Drug Information Service, Alberta Health Services
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