"Bath salts" are designer synthetic central nervous system stimulants that come in powder form and contain amphetamine-like chemicals, including mephedrone. These substances should not be confused with traditional bath salts.
Because the drug is new and some of the contents unknown, using it in any way is highly dangerous. Right now, bath salts are illegal in a growing number of U.S. states.
The synthetic powder is sold legally online and in drug paraphernalia stores under a variety of names, including:
Though the name may sound harmless, bath salts are a dangerous synthetic stimulant that carry the risk of easy overdose, hallucinations and even death. Bath salts are a dangerous drug whose full risks and effects are still unknown, but they seem to have many similarities to methamphetamine (meth). Taking a lot of it for a long time can lead to emotional and physical "crash-like" feelings of depression, anxiety and intense cravings for more of the drug.
Some users become extremely combative and have been known to present a danger to themselves and others. Symptoms can last from a few hours to two or three days.