Bath salts is the most common term referring to a set of synthetic drugs. It is also known by various names including:
- Hurrican Charlie
- Ivory Wave
- Ocean Burst
- Pixie Dust
- Plant Food
- Purple Rain
- Vanilla Sky
The products are often thought by users to be a legal substitute for amphetamine or cocaine.
Labeled "not-for-human consumption," the active ingredient may be one of several synthetic drugs similar to natural cathinone psychostimulants found in the khat plant. The crystals or capsules may also contain anesthetic lidocaine.
When people snort or smoke the synthetic drug bath salts, the nervous system is stimulated. It creates a burst of energy along with:
- High blood pressure
- Increased alertness
- Increased heart rate
- Muscle cramps
People can have frightening delusions, hallucinations, psychosis and paranoia.
There are multiple reports of people thinking that monsters, policemen or helicopters are chasing them. These delusions lead to combativeness, assaults, suicide attempts and potential deaths.
For more information or for medical assistance after contact with bath salts, please call the Banner Poison & Drug Information Center directly at (602) 253-3334 or call (800) 222-1222 for your local poison center.